HC Deb 23 November 1939 vol 353 cc1387-8
36. Mr. Frankel

asked the Minister of Pensions whether the concessions recently announced with respect to allowances for the children of men in the armed Forces are to be applied to the personal injuries scheme and the Royal Warrant?

Sir W. Womersley

I am glad to be able to announce that it has now been decided to remove the limits at present placed on the number of children in respect of whom disablement pensioners may receive additional allowances, and these will now be paid in respect of all eligible children. The rate of allowance for each additional child so included will be that hitherto authorised for the last eligible child without reduction on account of the increased number. The necessary amendments will be made at a convenient date in the published Royal Warrant, Orders-in-Council and other instruments affecting the fighting Forces, and in the Personal Injuries (Civilians) Scheme, but the increases will, of course, take effect at once.

Mr. Frankel

In that case will the right hon. Gentleman present a new scheme to Parliament?

Sir W. Womersley

I have already answered that, but I shall have to make alterations at a convenient date in the warrants and other instruments so that the increases will commence forthwith.