HC Deb 23 November 1943 vol 393 c1413
4. Major Nield

asked the Secretary of State for War whether the pre-natal allowance under Army Order 1, of 1943, is now applied only to other ranks; and whether he will consider extending its application to junior officers?

Sir J. Grigg

The answer to the first part of the Question is, "Yes, Sir." As to the second, I am not in a position to add anything to the reply given by the then Lord President to the hon. Member for Basset-law (Mr. Bellenger) on 26th January, of which I will send my hon. and gallant Friend a copy.

Major Nield

Is my right hon. Friend not aware of the difficulty which a married subaltern without private means has in making ends meet when a baby is on the way? Would not this concession be a modest one?

Sir J. Grigg

The question was dealt with very fully in the House on two occasions by the Lord President of the Council. Perhaps my hon. and gallant Friend would refresh his memory about those statements by the Lord President.