HC Deb 19 December 1944 vol 406 cc1594-5
14. Mr. Turton

asked the Secretary of State for War whether the funeral expenses of officers who die on active ser- vice are defrayed by his Department; and whether it makes any difference if the officer dies in India and not in any of the other theatres of operations.

Sir J. Grigg

An officer who dies abroad is normally buried under arrangements made by the military authorities at the expense of Army Funds, unless his relatives or other persons concerned prefer to make private arrangements. If private arrangements are made, the cost of the funeral is a charge against the officer's estate under the Regimental Debts Act, 1893, but a grant is allowed from Army Funds towards those expenses. The second part of the Question is a matter for my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for India and perhaps my hon. Friend would address a Question to him.