HC Deb 04 February 1943 vol 386 c1050
47. Captain C. S. Taylor

asked the Lord President of the Council whether, in view of the fact that the Army pay system is to be simplified, His Majesty's Government will arrange for officers' wives to receive the new ante-natal children's allowances which have been granted to the wives of other ranks?

The Lord President of the Council (Sir John Anderson)

No, Sir. I would refer my hon. Friend to the reply which I gave on 26th January to the hon. Member for Bassetlaw (Mr. Bellenger). The simplification which my right hon. Friend is introducing in certain details of the Army pay system is not concerned with allowances and does not appear to me to have a bearing on the Question raised.

Mr. A. Edwards

Will the Minister bear in mind in making any alteration that many officers in this country receiving allowances for their wives do not allow the money to go to their wives, and see whether there could be a compulsory allocation as in the case of the Dominion Services?

Sir J. Anderson

I do not think that question has anything to do with the Question on the Paper.

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