Service Men (Injuries on Duty)

Oral Answers to Questions — Defence – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 25th November 1975.

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Photo of Mr John Ovenden Mr John Ovenden , Gravesend 12:00 am, 25th November 1975

asked the Secretary of State for Defence if he will appoint a committee to review the working of the Crown Proceedings Act as it affects Service men injured on duty.

Photo of Mr William Rodgers Mr William Rodgers , Teesside Stockton

Not unless there is a case for doing so, of which I am at present unaware.

Photo of Mr John Ovenden Mr John Ovenden , Gravesend

Does my right hon. Friend not agree that there is a case for ascertaining whether his Department is properly using an Act which was designed to uphold Service discipline, by preventing Service men making claims in respect of negligence by the Department?

Photo of Mr William Rodgers Mr William Rodgers , Teesside Stockton

I am aware of my hon. Friend's deep concern with the problems involving one of his constituents, and of the manner in which he has pursued this case with great tenacity. Though, at his request, I am prepared to consider the matter, the question has been examined many times and no satisfactory solution has been found to the problem as my hon. Friend sees it.