HC Deb 13 April 1938 vol 334 cc1108-9
30. Mr. Mathers

asked the First Lord of the Admiralty whether he is aware of the hardship and consequent discontent arising out of the lack of provision of allowances to naval ratings under 25 years of age who are married or have dependent relatives; and whether he will give this question his sympathetic consideration?

Mr. Cooper

As I stated in reply to my hon. Friend the Member for North Newcastle-upon-Tyne (Sir N. Grattan-Doyle) on 8th December last, the special difficulties of men serving in the Navy who have married under the qualifying age for marriage allowance, 25, have always been realised. The Admiralty have arranged that cases of real distress will be assisted by the Admiralty family welfare sections at the home ports, if necessary with the help of the Royal Naval Benevolent Trust.

Mr. Mathers

Cannot the right hon. Gentleman as head of the senior service make an advance upon that position, which is causing great hardship in many cases? Surely in these times of trying to improve service conditions, something better could be done?

Mr. Cooper

The hon. Member is aware that this is a question which concerns all the services, and it would not be possible for one service to act separately.

Mr. Mathers

That is why I am asking the right hon. Gentleman to recognise that he is the head of the senior service.

Mr. Robert Gibson rose


Mr. Speaker

I must remind hon. Members that we have a large number of questions on the Paper.