HC Deb 09 June 1942 vol 380 c920
60. Major Sir Jocelyn Lucas

asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether he is aware of the difficulties encountered by men with small resources in obtaining special life policies for air-raid fatalities; and, in view of the recrudescence of raids on this country, will he take immediate steps to facilitate the breadwinner being able to ensure a lump sum being available for his family in case of death?

Sir K. Wood

I cannot add to the answer which I gave to my hon. and gallant Friend on 19th May last.

Mrs. Tate

Is the Chancellor aware of the inconvenience caused to women because their compensation is lower than that paid to men?

Sir K. Wood

No, Sir.

Viscountess Astor

May I ask my right hon. Friend, who has sat on the Front Bench for at least 20 years, whether this is the first time he has heard of this? Will he give us an answer which is really worthy of the Government?

Sir J. Lucas

In view of the unsatisfactory nature of the reply, I beg to give notice that I shall raise the matter on the Adjournment.