HC Deb 23 February 1949 vol 461 cc1837-8
9. Vice-Admiral Taylor

asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Admiralty if he will make a statement as to the award of pensions to the widows of Naval officers.

Mr. W. Edwards

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

Vice-Admiral Taylor

Is the hon. Gentleman aware that this Question was asked six months ago; and can he give any indication of when he will be able to make a statement? It has taken some considerable time for the Admiralty to make up their minds about it.

Mr. Edwards

I am aware that the question was asked some time ago, but this is really not a matter which concerns the Admiralty alone: it is an inter-Service matter. While I regret the delay, all I can say is that it will have to be gone into for Service agreement with other bodies before we can make any statement.

Mr. Medland

Could the Civil Lord inform the House whether there is any obstruction by the Treasury?

Mr. Edwards

No, I could not say that the Treasury are at the moment obstructing in any way at all.