HC Deb 23 November 1939 vol 353 cc1424-5W
Sir T. Moore

asked the Secretary of State for War whether he is aware of the public uncertainty as to what procedure is authorised as regards serving soldiers in the case of wives who have, under orders of court, secured maintenance orders against them; and how, and to what extent, these orders can be enforced?

Sir V. Warrender

This matter is governed by the provisions of Section 145 of the Army Act. Cases in which it is desired that these provisions should be enforced should be referred by the parties concerned either to the War Office or directly to the General Officer Commanding-in-Chief the Army Command in which the soldier's unit is serving. Where a soldier who has been called up for service in connection with the present war was contributing under a maintenance order an amount appreciably greater than that which can be made available from his pay under the provisions of the above quoted Section of the Army Act, it may sometimes be supplemented by the grant either of a dependants' allowance or of special financial assistance, according to circumstances.

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