HC Deb 02 December 1926 vol 200 cc1339-40

asked the Minister of Pensions if he can give any estimate of the probable cost of making the present grant, now available under children's regulations for section nine children, available in all cases of motherless children who die whilst in receipt of pension; and whether any change in the Royal Warrant will be necessary in order to extend the availability of this grant in the manner suggested?


The material for a precise estimate is not available, but I understand that the extension proposed would involve an additional expenditure of more than £500 a year. The question of the form in which the necessary authority should be conveyed would be a matter to be determined if and when the extension suggested by the hon. Member were decided upon. I would add that the proposal would involve a far-reaching change of principle which, in my opinion, would not be justified.


In view of the very small amount involved, will not the right hon. Gentleman reconsider this matter?


No, Sir. The children who do receive these benefits are on a wholly different footing, and my powers and duties in regard to them are statutory.