HC Deb 21 February 1917 vol 90 cc1340-1
104. Mr. JOWETT

asked the Secretary to the Local Government Board if he is aware that the Military Service (Civil Liabilities) Committee are taking into consideration grants and allowances made to applicants out of local voluntary funds, as, for instance, the Lord Mayor's fund raised in Bradford; if he is aware that the grants and allowances referred to are of a purely temporary nature pending the decision in each case of the Military Service (Civil Liabilities) Committee; and if, therefore, he will direct or advise this committee to ignore any such allowances when dealing with applications for relief on account of civil liabilities?


It is not the practice of the Civil Liabilities Committee to take into account temporary allow- ances made from a local fund at Bradford or elsewhere pending the determination of the Civil Liabilities Grant.

105. Mr. JOWETT

asked the Secretary to the Local Government Board whether he is aware that the Commissioners for the Military Service (Civil Liabilities) Committee, when they send to applicants for particulars and documents relating to their applications, stipulate that the applicant must enclose an addressed envelope fully stamped to cover the cost of returning the documents; and whether, having regard to the slender resources of persons who apply for relief from civil liabilities, he will arrange that all such inquiries sent out by the Commissioners shall be accompanied by a large envelope returnable through the post free of charge, as is the case in regard to inquiries sent by surveyors of taxes to rich and well-to-do people respecting Income Tax assessments?


I was not aware that any Commissioners had requested applicants to enclose stamped addressed envelopes with their documents. I will, however, draw the attention of the Commissioners to the undesirability of any such practice.