§ Mr. D. G. SOMERVILLE
asked the Minister of Labour whether the Government accept responsibility for accidents to men employed in their training centres; and whether payments have been made in connection with any such accidents?
I assume that my hon. Friend's question refers to men under training in the centres. Trainees are not employed persons within the meaning of the Workmen's Compensation Acts, but it is the practice to make ex gratia payments to trainees who sustain an injury which, if it had occurred during employment, would have given a workman a claim to compensation under these Acts.