HC Deb 25 July 1939 vol 350 c1235
37. Mr. De Chair

asked the Secretary of State for War whether his attention has been drawn to the fact that, in view of the reduction of the age for marriage allowances on the lower deck, the Admiralty are considering the reduction of the age limit for officers' marriage allowances in the Navy; and whether he will therefore reconsider his own refusal to consider a similar reduction in the case of the Army?

Mr. Hore-Belisha

There has been no refusal to consider this. Such a matter would naturally be for consultation between the Departments concerned and I can assure my hon. Friend that the position of the Army officer will in no respect be invidious.

Mr. De Chair

Was not the argument which my right hon. Friend gave me a short time ago that the reconsideration did not apply to officers but applied to other ranks?

Mr. Hore-Belisha

I do not know to what my hon. Friend is precisely referring, but I have given him my answer.