HC Deb 04 March 1915 vol 70 cc983-4W

asked the Financial Secretary to the War Office what regulations are now in force as regards the pensions of soldiers who become disabled on active service; and if he will inquire whether Acting-corporal John Cowell, No. 11229, of the Camcronians (Scottish Rifles), who was recently disabled at the front, is receiving the full amount to which he is entitled?


Pending the receipt and consideration of a further Report from the Select Committee, awards of pension are still being made under the Royal Warrant for Pay of the Army; but all such awards will be reviewed in the event of new rates being fixed. I have no knowledge of this case, but am inquiring about it.


asked the Secretary to the Admiralty if he will cause inquiries to be made into the case of Mrs. R. Hawthorne, of 20, Holme Road, Burnley, who is the wife of a sailor serving on His Majesty's ship "Illustrious," and has been left destitute by him; whether there is any obligation upon a sailor to allot any portion of his pay to his wife and family; and, if not, whether the Government will consider the desirability of making such a change in the regulations as will ensure this?


The Admiralty is not authorised to make compulsory deductions from a seaman's wages for the maintenance of his wife and family, but endeavours are made (through commanding officers of ships) to induce men to contribute to their support, and such action is usually successful. A representation has been made to the ship in the present case. Some 200,000 allotments are now in force and have all been voluntarily declared. In the circumstances, and as an allotment to a wife of not less than 20s. a month secures a Government separation allowance, I see no reason for altering the regulations.