HC Deb 06 April 1925 vol 182 cc1849-50W

asked the President of the Board of Trade, if he is aware that the Reparations Claims Department is refusing to consider the claims of mothers in respect of sons who lost their lives and personal effects through enemy action in all cases where the husbands are stilt living, notwithstanding the fact that such wives may be the mainstay of their families, while the husbands may either have disappeared or be making no effort whatever to support their households; and will he state the reason which prevents the Department from assisting women who may be so placed?


A claim by a mother in respect of the death of a son caused by enemy action would be entertained if she were in fact dependent upon him at the time of his death. With regard to the effects of a deceased seamen, any award made in respect thereof would be paid to the person who, by law, is entitled to administer the deceased's estate.

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