HC Deb 21 January 1947 vol 432 c20
31. Mr. George Wallace

asked the Secretary of State for War if he is now in a position to make a statement on the payment of marriage allowances to soldiers under 21 years of age.

Mr. Bellenger

I regret that I am not yet in a position to make a statement.

Mr. Wallace

Is my right hon. Friend aware that six weeks have elapsed since a Debate on this subject, and is my right hon. Friend aware of at least this fact, that time marches on?

Mr. Bellenger

Negotiations are now going on and I hope very soon to be able to make a statement.

Mr. William Teeling

Does the right hon. Gentleman realise that large numbers of these people are at the present moment borrowing and getting very seriously into debt, and will he, when he finally decides to do something, see that the damage done financially to them in the past is paid back?

Mr. Bellenger

I should think the hon. Gentleman is exaggerating somewhat. My information is not to that effect.