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Civil Defence Despatch Riders

Volume 437: debated on Thursday 22 May 1947

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asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department for what reason despatch riders in the C.D. service are treated as temporary civil servants and, therefore, are not entitled to a war gratuity.

Despatch riders or motorcyclist messengers in the Civil Defence Messenger Service were not treated as temporary civil servants. If, however, the hon. Member is referring to those despatch riders who were in the direct employ of the Ministry of Home Security they were temporary civil servants, not members of a Civil Defence Service, and, as such, were not entitled to Civil Defence gratuities.