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Injured Civil Servants (Pay Increments)

Volume 393: debated on Tuesday 2 November 1943

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asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether he will issue instructions to provide that when civil servants are injured by enemy action while on duty and as a result of such injuries prolonged sick absence is necessary, they shall not as a result of such absence lose any right to increments in pay to which they would otherwise be entitled, but that they shall be accorded the same privilege as civil servants serving in His Majesty's Forces who, when wounded, continue to receive incremental credit?

The question of loss of increments only arises after the civil servant has had long paid sick leave which may amount to as much as a year in any period of four years. His position in this respect is precisely the same as that of a civil servant who has been invalided out of the Forces, is back on the payroll of his Department but is still unfit for civilian duty.