asked the Minister of Health whether he will reconsider the decision not to grant gratuities to members of the E.M.S. in view of the fact that this was full-time employment; that such personnel were under orders from the War Office and wore the uniform of CD. workers.
The award of gratuities is limited to the Armed Forces and to members of the Civil Defence Services whose remuneration has been related to Army rates of pay. The case put by the hon. Member could not be reconsidered without re-opening the claims of many other classes.