HC Deb 16 November 1939 vol 353 cc844-5W
Sir W. Brass

asked the Minister of Pensions whether he is aware of the fears which are exercising the minds of parents whose sons had previously contributed to the upkeep of the home, and who now make voluntary allotments, where the parents receive no dependants' allowances, lest if their sons become casualties no claim for dependants' pensions would be entertained owing to the fact that no dependants' allowance had been granted; and if, in view of this widespread feeling amongst fathers who served in the last war, he will make an early statement clarifying the position?

Sir W. Womersley

The grant of dependant's allowance during the son's service is not a condition of the award of pension to a parent in respect of his death, and the absence of such an allowance would not, therefore, affect the claim to pension, which is determined by the specific conditions of the Royal Warrant.

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