HC Deb 12 October 1943 vol 392 cc703-4
47. Sir J. Wardlaw-Milne

asked the Prime Minister whether he will represent to those responsible for the various appeals for the benevolent funds of the Services that their appeals should make it clear that the money will be used for supplementing Government allowances which legislation has authorised and for dealing with specially hard cases, and that suggestions that contributions to these funds are necessary to enable wounded men to exist are not in accordance with the facts and do not have the Government's approval?

The Prime Minister

I certainly hope that the point raised in the Question of my hon. Friend will not be overlooked by those making the kind of appeals to which he refers, but I do not propose to make any special representations to them on the subject.

Sir J. Wardlaw-Milne

Has the attention of my right hon. Friend been drawn to a statement in the evening papers of 28th September on the Air Borne Forces Security Fund, which states: To show how much we appreciate their valour"— and then I leave out a few words— so that each may know that if he should ever become a casualty his dependants will be well taken care of. Does my right hon. Friend not think that a statement of that kind is inclined to give the public the idea that if they do not subscribe to these funds men who have suffered will be left upon the streets without any support?

The Prime Minister

I do not think the public are so obtuse as all that. They know there is a good deal of Government action in this matter, and anyhow the Question of my hon. Friend and the answer which I have given, and the notice which will be taken of it, will, no doubt, attract attention in the quarters which are concerned.

Mr. A. Edwards


Mr. Speaker

Commander LockerLampson.

Mr. Edwards

May I not ask a Supplementary Question, as there has been only one supplementary upon this Question?

Mr. Speaker

Members are not entitled to say how many Supplementary Questions there should be.

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