HC Deb 12 December 1939 vol 355 cc1012-3
44. Mr. Silkin

asked the Secretary of State for War whether he is aware that in cases where a soldier is awarded field punishment he forfeits not only his own pay but his allotment to his wife, often imposing serious hardship on the wife and family; and whether he will give consideration to any necessary alteration of the Army Regulations so as to prevent the suffering of innocent persons?

Sir V. Warrender

In such cases, the normal family allowance continues to be issued to the wife. If the period of forfeiture of pay is less than eight clays, the amount of the allotment also continues to be paid to the wife and is subsequently recovered from the soldier. An extension of the eight-day limit is being considered.

Mr. Silkin

Is the hon. Gentleman aware that there are a number of cases where a deduction has been made?

Sir V. Warrender

The hon. Gentleman asks what the regulation is and I have given it.

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