§ Mr. JOWETT
asked the Secretary to the Local Government Board to whom dependants of soldiers and sailors must apply for supplementary rent allowance; and whether an applicant for this allowance is entitled to have the application considered and to be officially informed of the result within reasonable time?
§ Col. Sir A. GRIFFITH-BOSCAWEN
Application for a supplementary rent allowance should be made to the local war pensions committee for the area in which the applicant resides, and the Statutory Committee have arranged for the display in post offices of a notice giving the necessary directions. It is the duty of the local committee to consider all such applications, and they should inform the applicant of their decision within a reasonable time.
§ Mr. P. MEEHAN
asked why the allowance of 5s. 3d. payable to Mrs. Eliza Price, mother of Private James Price, No. 10962, Dublin Fusiliers, who was killed in action on the 21st June, 1916, has been reduced from 5s. 3d. per week to 2s. 4d.?
§ Sir A. GRIFFITH-BOSCAWEN
The pension cannot, under the Regulations, exceed the amount of pre-war dependence, which has been ascertained to have been, in the case referred to by the hon. Member, 2s. 4d. a week. The difference between this amount and the previous allowance of 5s. 3d. was made up by an excess allotment of 2s. 11d. a week contributed by the soldier, which was payable for twenty-six weeks only from the date of notification of his death.