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War Gratuities

Volume 414: debated on Monday 15 October 1945

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asked the Financial Secretary to the Treasury whether gratuities to ex-members of the Forces on discharge are being paid in accordance with the scale announced by the late Prime Minister.

War gratuities are being paid to ex-members of the Forces on the scale announced by the former Chancellor of the Exchequer on 6th February last (Official Report, cols. 1898–1910).

asked the Minister of War Transport, in view of the fact that war gratuities will be paid to full-time CD. workers, whether he will now favourably consider the payment of gratuities to members of the Merchant Navy.

I understand that the Civil Defence workers, to whom my hon. and gallant Friend refers, were in receipt of remuneration related to Army rates of pay. Officers and men of the Merchant Navy, on the other hand, have throughout the war period been employed on industrial rates of pay negotiated by the National Maritime Board. In view of this fact, the Government would not be justified in granting to members of the Merchant Navy the gratuities which are payable to the Services or to full-time Civil Defence workers.