HC Deb 12 October 1943 vol 392 c699
2 Mr. Mathers

asked the Secretary of State for War whether he is now in a position to make a statement regarding the allowances paid to the dependants of Cypriot soldiers?

Sir J. Griģģ

Yes, Sir. It has been decided with effect from 1st October to increase the rate of family allowance for families living in Cyprus of Cypriot soldiers from half to two-thirds British rates. The increase will apply also to families living in Cyprus of Cypriots who have enlisted in the Navy or the Air Force.

Mr. Mathers

How is the two-thirds proportion arrived at? What is the justification for it? Is it not the case that the cost of living of these dependants is as high as it is in parts of this country?

Sir J. Griģģ

I shall be very glad to consider information from the hon. Member as to that fact. It is based on a recommendation from the Governor in the light of the cost of living in the island.