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Merchant Seamen (Artificial Legs, Footwear)

Volume 388: debated on Wednesday 7 April 1943

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asked the Minister of Pensions whether all seamen who lose their legs, owing to enemy action, are entitled to have shoes, free of charge, supplied to them; and what is the practice in this respect in regard to similar sufferers in the fighting services?

With the first issue of an artificial leg ex-Service men are supplied with a pair of boots or shoes suitable for their use in civil life. Merchant seamen are usually in possession of suitable civilian footwear, but boots or shoes would be supplied if the seaman were not in a position to provide them or the nature of the amputation made a special pair necessary.