HC Deb 14 September 1914 vol 66 cc761-2
25. Mr. BARNES

asked the Prime Minister whether he has received a Resolution passed by the Corporation of Glasgow asking the Government to make more adequate provision for the wives and dependants of recruits; and whether, in view of the fact that in a very large number of cases the provision made is a very considerable reduction in the family income, the Government will favourably consider the possibility of giving an increase?

28. Mr. HUNT

asked the Prime Minister whether, before making his statement as to the weekly amount to be paid to the wives and mothers of serving soldiers, he will take into consideration the fact that it has been widely published by the Soldiers' and Sailors' Association that a wife without children or a mother dependent on her son will receive not less than 12s. 6d. a week, and that wives with children, according to their number, will receive up to £1 a week?

The PRIME MINISTER (Mr. Asquith)

The reply to the first part of the question is in the affirmative. I will answer the latter part and Question No. 28 together. I hope to be able to make a statement on the subject before the end of the Session.


Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that a great deal of the hardship arises from the length of time it takes to get the separation allowance—very often three weeks or more elapse—and also from the length of time it takes to get the bounty? Will he take that into consideration?


Yes; these matters are carefully engaging our attention.


When the right hon. Gentleman makes a statement, may we take it that he will make it quite clear that when breadwinners have gone to the War, wives, mothers, and sisters will not be left destitute? Did the right hon. Gentleman get a letter that I sent him?


All these points will be considered.