HC Deb 17 December 1919 vol 123 c417W

asked the Prime Minister whether he is aware that there are numbers of officers' wives who have been deserted by their husbands or separated since the commencement of the War who are entirely without means of support, and that no Order of Court can be enforced as there is no jurisdiction under War Office Regulations; and, seeing that a number of the men in the country still come under War Office Regulations and that the Courts have no power to enforce their orders, will he propose the necessary legislation to enable officers' wives to obtain alimony from their husbands' pay or pension, as no officer's wife has ever been able to obtain alimony from her husband's pay or pension?


I am advised that the number of cases is small, and the Government are not prepared to adopt the course suggested in the hon. Member's question.