HC Deb 23 April 1941 vol 371 cc176-7
19. Miss Eleanor Rathbone

asked the First Lord of the Admiralty whether he will make a full statement showing the position of a separated wife regarding her claim to a separation allowance for herself and the children of a sailor in her charge, distinguishing between cases where the wife has received an allowance from the sailor before his enlistment under a maintenance order or a judicial separation or by informal agreement, or is entitled to such an allowance under maintenance order or judicial separation and has made reasonable efforts to secure its payment without success, and, further, showing how the claim will be affected if an allowance is also claimed by a woman living with the sailor as his concubine?

The Financial Secretary to the Admiralty (Sir Victor Warrender)

I would refer my hon. Friend to the answer given yesterday by my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for War to a similar Question. Identical conditions apply to naval ratings. In their case the authority for compulsory stoppages is Section 98a of the Naval Discipline Act.