HC Deb 30 October 1930 vol 244 c216W

asked the Under-Secretary of State for Air what provision has been made for the dependants of those who were lost in the R 101?


The grant of pensions or gratuities to the dependants of those who lost their lives in the R101 is governed by King's Regulations and Air Council Instructions, in the case of Air Force personnel, and by the Treasury Warrant of 17th January, 1919, and the Home Secretary's Aircraft Order of 19th September, 1924, in other cases. The nature and amount of these awards vary according to circumstances, but in every case the widow will be entitled to a pension during widowhood, and in most cases the children also will be entitled to pensions. These children's pensions will be payable in some cases to the age of 21, in others to the age of 18, and in others to the age of 16. The House can rest assured that the matter has received the most sympathetic consideration, and that the regulations will not be interpreted in any narrow or grudging spirit.