Fireman's Discharge, Silvertown.

Oral Answers to Questions — Civil Defence. – in the House of Commons on 30th July 1942.

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Photo of Mr William Thorne Mr William Thorne , West Ham Plaistow

asked the Home Secretary why Fireman W. J. Mercer, registered No. 146, stationed at Silvertown, West Ham, was discharged on medical grounds without any compensation?

Photo of Mr Herbert Morrison Mr Herbert Morrison , Hackney South

This fireman was discharged on account of sickness, after the maximum period of sick leave on full pay to which he was entitled. This was not a case of injury and there is no provision for compensation.

Photo of Mr William Thorne Mr William Thorne , West Ham Plaistow

Is my right hon. Friend aware that one of the troubles this man was subject to was due to the fact that he slept in a bed in which another fireman had slept who was suffering from a disease which I cannot pronounce?

Photo of Mr Herbert Morrison Mr Herbert Morrison , Hackney South

My information is that the fireman's illness, for which I am sorry, had no connection with his work in the Fire Service. If my hon. Friend has evidence to the contrary, I shall be glad to consider it.