HC Deb 10 August 1914 vol 65 c2248

asked the Under-Secretary of State for War whether the existing organisations, such as the Soldiers' and Sailors' Families Association, are being used to ensure that the wives and relatives of the Reservists are not in any pecuniary straits owing to the Reserves being called upon for duty, looking to the fact that such organisations have personal knowledge of people affected which should be of great utility to the Bureau lately set up in London?


The Soldiers' and Sailors' Families Association, which has many branches throughout the country, and, as the Noble Lord is aware, did admirable work for the wives and families of soldiers and sailors during the South African War, is the principal organisation concerned. Every advantage will certainly be taken of the help that this association and others of a suitable character are able to render in the present emergency, and the local relief committees under the mayors, which are to work in connection with the committee presided over by my right hon. Friend the President of the Local Government Board, have been advised to appoint as members the local representatives of the association. Applicants to the War Office will be referred to the association.


Is the right hon. Gentleman aware they have not yet been called upon?


I am not.