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War-Injured Civil Servants (Treatment)

Volume 498: debated on Tuesday 1 April 1952

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asked the Secretary to the Treasury if, in cases where civil servants contract disabilities whilst on National Service of sufficient consequence as to cause the award by the Civil Service Commissioners of Modified (War) Civil Service Certificates, and later, during their service as civil servants, of sufficient consequence as to be allowed for on premature retirement, he will make provision for some form of compensation for the loss of earnings incurred.

I see no justification for introducing legislation to give to war-injured persons who become civil servants compensation beyond that available to those who enter other employment. War-injured persons to whom the Civil Service Commissioners issue a modified war certificate are entitled to the same superannuation benefits as the holders of a full certificate, although the test applied to them on their admission to the Service is less severe than that applied to other candidates. They thus receive more favourable treatment than candidates suffering from similar disabilities not due to war injury.