HC Deb 01 August 1944 vol 402 cc1150-1
32. Lieut.-Colonel Mayhew

asked the Secretary of State for War whether the 3s. 6d. London allowance may be continued to be paid to the wife of a serving soldier resident in London who is forced to evacuate herself and her family into a safe area.

34. Mr. Thorne

asked the Secretary of State for War why soldiers wives, who have been residing in West Ham and London in general, have their allowance cut down by 3s. 6d. when they decide to live outside the London area.

Sir J. Grigg

The London allowance of 3s, 6d. a week ceases to be paid to soldiers' families during their absence from the London postal area, except for a visit not exceeding four weeks. As a special and purely temporary arrangement, families which have left London since 13th June, when flying bombs began to reach London, will be allowed to continue to receive the allowance during absence, or will have it restored if already withdrawn, provided that they were in receipt of the allowance when they left London, and are still paying rent for their accommodation in London, and have not sublet it.

Mr. Sorensen

Will that continue indefinitely?

Sir J. Grigg

I said that it was a special and purely temporary arrangement. That means that it will presumably continue as long as the flying bomb menace is on us and that it will then be reconsidered.

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