HC Deb 05 August 1941 vol 373 cc1801-2W
Colonel Mills

asked the Secretary of State for War why the regimental paymaster discontinued the payment of Army dependants' allowance to Mrs. Dora May Downer, of South Street, Pennington, Lymington, in respect of her son 151152 Private J. W. Downer, Royal Army Service Corps, on and after 22nd December, 1940; and why no settlement has yet been arrived at although Army Form 0.1700-1 was sent to her on 10th April, 1941, by the regimental paymaster, indicating that a call would shortly be made on her in order to obtain additional particulars needed, Claim No. D9578?

Captain Margesson

The payment of dependants' allowance to Mrs. Downer was stopped on 22nd December, 1940, because a review of her circumstances disclosed that her income from other sources has risen to an extent which rendered her ineligible for dependants' allowance. Mrs. Downer was notified at the time of the reason for withdrawal of the allowance. Mrs. Downer's case was again reviewed in April, last, and she was found to be once more eligible for an allowance. Accordingly, her son's consent was sought to the deduction from his pay of the necessary qualifying allotment. The payment of dependants' allowance was authorised as soon as his consent was received.