HC Deb 10 May 1916 vol 82 cc657-8

asked the Prime Minister if he is aware that many institutions for the relief of wounded and disabled soldiers and sailors are still dependent upon public charity for their support, and that they are spending money, time, and energy, in competition with each other, in order to obtain funds, and that some most necessary and deserving institutions of this nature are in financial difficulties; and whether he will consider the desirability of the Government assuming entire responsibility for all wounded and disabled soldiers and sailors, particularly those blinded, and deal with them adequately, generously, and permanently, as part payment for their war service?


I do not think it would be possible for the Government either to suppress or to finance all voluntary associations for the relief of disabled and wounded soldiers.