HC Deb 31 July 1900 vol 87 c166

I beg to ask the Under Secretary of State for War whether his attention has been directed to the comments made at a recent, meeting of the Cork Board of Guardians upon an application for out-door relief by the wife and children of a wounded soldier in South Africa; and whether, with a view to remedy the hardship of taxing Irish ratepayers for the support of soldiers' widows, wives, and children, as well as for the cost of the war, he will suggest to the committees of the various charitable war funds the desirability of transmitting; a reasonable proportion of these funds for distribution in Ireland.


The families of Irish soldiers have the same el aim on all general patriotic funds as other soldiers, and there is no reason to suppose that the claim is not recognised. The question, of giving State pensions to widows is, as I have more than once stated, now under consideration.


Will the question of granting gratuities also be considered?


The whole question is under consideration. The Leader of the House has already made a statement on the subject, and I cannot carry it any further.