HC Deb 08 April 1919 vol 114 cc1878-9W

asked the Home Secretary whether he has received a resolution passed by the magistrates for the county borough of Burnley to the effect that, having regard to the hardship imposed upon poor women who are compelled to take proceedings against soldiers or sailors for the maintenance of themselves or children, the justices of this county borough respectfully suggest to the Secre- tary of State for the Home Department that the law should be amended so as to relieve women of the obligation to pay the railway fares and expenses of soldiers and sailors to enable them to attend the hearing of the cases, as provided by the Army Act, 1881, and the Naval Discipline (No. 2) Act, 1915; and whether he will favourably consider taking action in the direction recommended?


I am unable to add anything to the reply given by my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for War to a similar question on Thursday last.