§ 84. Mr. SITCH
asked the Secretary of State for War if he is aware that Rifleman M. J. Taplin, No. 3359, 8th Battalion Rifle Brigade, was killed in action on 20th September, 1916; that his widow has applied For a gratuity and was informed on the 3lst May last in respect of the gratuity that, owing to the magnitude, of the work to be done therewith, the distribution of the gratuity to legatees or next-of-kin of deceased soldiers will, of necessity, take a considerable time; and whether he is now prepared to say when this case can be dealt with?
§ Mr. FORSTER
I must refer the hon. Member to my reply of the 8th July to the hon. Member for Holborn. It is hoped to reach the case before very long.