HC Deb 06 August 1940 vol 364 cc28-9
66. Mr. Mathers

asked the Financial Secretary to the Treasury whether the most recently announced allowances to soldiers' dependent children will also apply to naval and Air Force personnel, and from what date?

Captain Crookshank

I assume that the hon. Member refers to the concession in regard to dependent children announced by my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for War on 30th July. The concessions, which will apply also to the dependent children of sailors and airmen will take effect from the family allowance pay day nearest to the date of the announcement.

Mr. Mathers

In view of the long time taken by the Treasury to make this concession, does not the right hon. and gallant Gentleman think that it ought to go back a little further?

Captain Crookshank

No, Sir; it cannot go back beyond the date I have mentioned.