HC Deb 17 June 1879 vol 247 c27

asked the Secretary of State for War, Whether he will consider the desirability of allowing a pension to the widows and orphans of soldiers married with leave, and who have re-engaged after completion of twelve years' service?


If the hon. and gallant Gentleman means to ask whether I have prepared any scheme for allowing the pensions to which he refers, I cannot say that that is the case. Of course, the question of the desirableness of allowing such pensions has often been considered; but they have never been granted generally, and I fear that the enormous cost and difficulty of their payment would prove a very great bar to the adoption of any such scheme.