HC Deb 16 August 1890 vol 348 cc1195-6
MR. CONYBEARE (Cornwall, Cam-borne)

I beg to ask the Secretary of State for War whether, with reference to the fact that Mrs. Browning, the wife of ex-Lieutenant Colonel Browning, has been refused a grant of compassionate allowance by the War Office, notwithstanding the precedent raised in the case of Mrs. Woods, who has received such a grant, and the fact that ex-Lieutenant Colonel Browning, who is now in the 59th year of his age, and unable to-obtain any appointment, has served Her Majesty and the country for 30 years and five months at home and abroad, and his retired pay has been stopped by the War Office; and why (as the cases of these two ladies, both being in distressed circumstances, are precisely similar) has one lady received such a grant and the other lady been refused it?

THE SECRETARY OF STATE FOR WAR (Mr. E. STANHOPE, Lincolnshire, Horncastle)

I have not received sufficient notice of this question to enable me to answer it to-day.