§ Mr. ROWLANDS
I beg to ask the Parliamentary Secretary to the Admiralty whether he can state what arrangements are being made to provide for the wives and children of men who have been called up for service as Royal Fleet Reserves.
§ Dr. MACNAMARA
Upon mobilisation, Reserves are entitled to a month's pay in advance. In the present case it may have been found possible to make this payment in such time as to enable the men concerned to leave money with their wives; 2067 but in view of the rapidity with which these operations must be conducted that would probably not cover any considerable proportion of the cases concerned. All possible facilities are being offered to enable remittances to be made by the men. Further, we are making arrangements as far as possible to enable the Reserve men now mobilised to declare regular monthly allotments to dependent relatives, and many of them are doing so.