HC Deb 29 September 1942 vol 383 cc664-5
65. Mr. Hutchinson

asked the Secretary of State for War whether he intends to review the existing arrangements under which additional marriage allowance of 6d. per day is paid to service men's wives within the London postal area, having regard to the fact that this area no longer corresponds with the urban area of Greater London, within which higher rents prevail?

Sir J. Grigg

It is not possible to vary the rates of family allowance according to the cost of living in a particular locality, and War Service Grants have been instituted to supplement family allowance in cases where families have to pay specially high rents or meet other special expenses. It is admitted that the issue of the additional allowance referred to presents anomalies, but any extension of the area in which it is issued would equally present anomalies and it is not therefore proposed to extend the scope of the present regulation.