HC Deb 02 March 1944 vol 397 cc1551-2
8. Miss Ward

asked the Secretary of State for India why such a limited scheme of war service grants is applied to Europeans called up for service in India; and will he take steps to ensure that a scheme granting equal facilities is put immediately into operation.

The President of the Board of Education (Mr. Butler)

I have been asked to reply. I cannot accept the hon. Member's view that the allowances paid in India to officers' and soldiers' families compare in general disadvantageously with similar grants here. These allowances have been framed

17. Sir R. Younģ

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department the total amount of money transmitted to the Treasury from the respective districts under the scheme for State management of the liquor trade since the inception of the Licensing Act, 1921; and what is the significance of the items in the Annual Report, 31st February, 1943, of £6,254 from Gretna as cash remitted to Exchequer in excess of accumulated profits.

Mr. H. Morrison

As the answer involves a number of figures, I will, with my hon. Friend's permission, circulate it in the OFFICIAL REPORT.

Following is the answer:

to meet Indian conditions and embody the features both of the United Kingdom dependants' allowances and of the War Service Grants Scheme. While it may be possible to point to cases where the home schemes are more liberal there are others in which the reverse is the case.

Miss Ward

Would it not be a good thing to bring the rates, in general, into balance?

Mr. Butler

I think that my answer dealt with that. This is so much a matter of detail that if the hon. Lady has any point she would like to put to me, I will do my best to explain it to her and discuss it with her.

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