HC Deb 01 May 1907 vol 173 cc860-1

To ask the Secretary of State for War whether he is aware that Thomas Sonden, at present serving in Aldershot, who was stationed at Templemore in December. 1887, deserted his child, now living with her grandmother, in a destitute condition in Longford; whether there exist any Army regulations to compel men like Sonden to contribute to the support of their children; and, if so, will steps be taken in this case.

(Answered by Mr. Secretary Haldane.) A General Officer Commanding-in-Chief has power, under the Army Act, to enforce stoppages from the pay of a serving soldier for his child's support. The hon. Member should refer the case to the General Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Aldershot, giving full particulars, including the man's regiment and regimental number.