28. Mr. Debbie
asked the Secretary of State for War whether he is now in a position to make a statement relative to an increase in allowances to soldiers' wives and dependants owing to the increasing difficulty of meeting their financial obligations?
§ Mr. Dobbie
Is the Minister satisfied that the allowance made to a soldier and his wife is adequate to give them a decent standard of life?
§ Mr. Dobbie
Will the Minister be in a position to make a statement on the matter before Christmas? In view of the long delay and the many questions I have addressed to him on this subject, will he give us some idea when the matter will be dealt with?
§ 38. Mr. Mathers
asked the Secretary of State for War whether he is now in a position to grant allowances to dependent children in a soldier's household who are not members of his family and not legally adopted?
§ Mr. Eden
Yes, Sir. It has now been decided that, for the period of the war, claims may in future be made for an allowance in respect of any child who is being brought up in a soldier's household at the expense of the soldier, and who has been so brought up and maintained for a period of at least six months prior to the claim being made, provided that no payment towards the maintenance of the child is being received from any other source.
§ Mr. Buchanan
The public do not know, and will the right hon. Gentleman take steps to give the matter greater publicity?
§ Mr. G. Griffiths
Will those who have already applied for this allowance have to apply again, or will they get it as a result of their first application?
§ 42. Mr. Dobbie
asked the Secretary of State for War whether the Government will continue to pay to the dependant of a member of the Armed Forces the voluntary allotment made to such dependant in the event of a member of the Forces being made a prisoner of war; and will such payment be continued to the end of the war?
§ Captain Bellenger
Can the right hon. Gentleman say whether, during the term that they are incarcerated in Germany as prisoners of war, other ranks are entitled only to this separation allowance, or are they being granted the same facilities which, I understand, are extended to officers, namely, the pay of their rank and merit allowances?