§ Mr. WATT
asked the Pensions Minister whether, when a military pension is awarded by his Department as the result of death from war service, it can be in any way affected by future grants given by former employers or charitable institutions or by the improved financial circumstance of the recipients?
§ Mr. BARNES
Under existing Regulations the pension awarded to dependants of deceased officers and men, other than their widows and children, would be liable1 to be affected by a permanent improvement in their financial circumstances, but temporary grants from unofficial benevolent sources would not be taken into consideration. This position is substantially modified by the terms of the Royal Warrant as proposed to be revised.
§ Mr. INGLEBY
asked the Assistant Postmaster-General whether notices have been sent to the wives and other dependants of Post Office servants entitled to separation allowances that the increased allowance recently granted will be deducted from their Post Office pay, and that they are required to refund the increase received during the previous weeks; and why Post Office servants should be deprived of the benefits conferred on all classes serving in the ranks?
§ Mr. PEASE
Post Office servants are subject to the same Regulations in respect of civil pay after enlistment as other Civil servants, and I can only refer the hon. Member to the answer given by the hon. Member for the Bowdley Division of Worcester to the hon. Member for West Ham on 12th instant, which was to the effect that the wives of enlisted Civil servants are not receiving the extra 2s. in consequence of the Regulation under which the amount of Army allowance is deducted from their civil pay, and that it was not the intention of the Government to alter the Regulation.