HC Deb 24 February 1960 vol 618 cc363-4
35. Dr. D. Johnson

asked the Secretary of State for War what provision he makes in regard to the headstones for the graves of soldiers killed on service.

Mr. H. Fraser

Headstones are provided by the War Department unless the family of a deceased soldier decide to make private arrangements for his funeral.

Dr. Johnson

Further to my supplementary question on Question No. 34, will my hon. Friend look into this matter because it is a point of particular grievance in this case that the parents had a natural desire to have their son buried at home and no assistance was given in this respect?

Mr. Fraser

Assistance is given, but I must make it clear that it is given in the form of a small Army grant to those who wish to have their deceased relatives buried at home rather than have a military funeral. Where there is a military funeral we undertake the whole cost. For a private funeral, we make a small grant of between £5 and £10. There is, of course, the other grant available from National Insurance of £25. It is impossible for the Service Departments to undertake to defray the expenses of all private funerals.