HC Deb 05 April 1949 vol 463 c1848
24. Mrs. Jean Mann

asked the Minister of National Insurance the amount paid to the wives and children of husbands in desertion during 1946, 1947 and 1948 respectively; and what amounts have been recovered.

The Minister of National Insurance (Mr. James Griffiths)

I regret the information required is not available.

Mrs. Mann

Is my right hon. Friend really informing the House that the country is willing to pay out these amounts to the deserted wives without even taking up any accounts?

Mr. Griffiths

No. My hon. Friend asked about the amount paid in 1946, 1947 and 1948, but the Assistance Board has been responsible for assistance generally only since 5th July of last year. We have no figures about the earlier years, and we shall not have figures about this year until some time later.