HC Deb 08 May 1924 vol 173 cc655-7W

asked the Under-Secretary of State for Air what provision is made for dependants of officers of the Royal Air Force killed while flying?


Pensions may be granted to the widows of officers dying as the result of a flying accident on duty, the rates, which vary according to the rank of the deceased officer, being as follows:

Per annum.
Rank of Officer. £
Pilot Officer 90
Flying Officer 90
Flight Lieutenant 100
Squadron Leader 140
Wing Commander 180
Group Captain 200
Air Commodore 240
Air Vice-Marshal 300
Air Marshal 375
Air Chief Marshal 450
Marshal of the Air 600

Eligibility for the award is subject to conditions referring to the date of the officer's marriage and the date of his death in relation to the date of the wound or injury which caused his death. Under existing Regulations, which, however, on this point are subject to review, the award of a pension may be accompanied by the award of a gratuity at the following rates according to rank:

Pilot Officer 100
Flying Officer 150
Flight Lieutenant 200
Squadron Leader 300
Wing Commander 450
Group Captain 600
Air Commodore 800
Air Vice-Marshal 1,000
Air Marshal 1,250
Air Chief Marshal 1,500
Marshal of the Air 2,000

The child or children (sons under the age of 18 and daughters under the age of 21) may be granted a compassionate allowance of £24 a year each, or, if motherless, £40 a year. In certain circumstances of pecuniary need, a child or children above the age of eight may be granted in addition an education allowance not exceeding £35 a year each.

If the deceased officer has not left a widow or child, an allowance not exceeding half the appropriate widow's pension rate may be granted to his parents, or, if he did not leave a parent, to his young brothers and sisters, provided in each case that they were largely dependent on him at the time of his death and their pecuniary and other circumstances are such as to justify the grant. The maximum allowance to any one 'brother or sister is £24 a year. The allowance to a parent or parents is subject to increase up to three-quarters of the widow's pension rate in certain circumstances of age or serious incapacity due to ill-health.

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