§ Mr. Loveridge
asked the Minister of State for Defence what amount of compensation has been paid to the next of kin of the late Malcolm Cousins, who was killed in a motor accident whilst on duty in training with the Cambridge University Officer Training Corps on 1st July, 1971.
§ Mr. G. Johnson Smith
None. My hon. Friend will be aware that in this case, as in any other similar case involving the death of a member of the Armed Forces, a common law claim is precluded by virtue of Section 10 of the Crown Proceedings Act, 1947. Whether or not the next of kin have an entitlement to a dependants' award under the scheme administered by the Department of Health and Social Security is a matter for my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Social Services.