HC Deb 09 December 1920 vol 135 cc2396-7
67. Major HAMILTON

asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether he is now in a position to say whether the Death Duties (Killed in War) Act, 1914, and the Finance Act, 1918, apply to officers and men of His Majesty's forces killed in connection with the present disturbances in Ireland; and whether he will introduce a one-clause Bill to extend the same privileges to all servants of the Crown killed in these disturbances?


The benefits of the Death Duties (Killed in War) Act apply to all ranks of the military forces serving in Ireland as long as the Act itself remains in force. They do not apply to civilian servants of the Crown in Ireland including the Royal Irish Constabulary. But the Chief Secretary and my right hon. Friend the Chancellor of the Exchequer are agreed that they should be so extended under present circumstances. My right hon. Friend gathers that this is also the view of the whole House and he will, therefore, act upon it in anticipation of legislative sanction which in the present state of public business he fears it would be impossible, to get before we adjourn.