§ Mr. MILLS
asked the First Lord of the Admiralty whether his attention has been drawn to the appeal made by the Mayor of Portsmouth last month for funds to help the relatives of the men who lost their lives on the occasion of the sinking of the submarine B2; and whether he will consider the advisability of constituting a fund controlled by the Admiralty in order to provide for eventualities of this sort, and to ensure that the relatives of men who lose their lives in the exercise of their duty in the Navy should be entitled to an adequate compensation from the State, and not be dependent upon public charity?
§ Mr. CHURCHILL
I am aware of the appeal referred to. In all cases of men killed on duty pensions and allowances are made on the scale provided by the Regulations. This scale applies to men killed in war or on duty, and is generally applicable to the Army as well as the Navy. I have no power to make further increases in the scale.