HC Deb 30 January 1941 vol 368 c705W
Wing-Commander Wright

asked the Secretary of State for War, whether he is aware that when a married soldier is placed under detention his wife is also penalised by the stoppage of his compulsory allotment of pay; that, since the rate of allowance to wives is ascertained by taking into account this compulsory allotment, great hardship is being inflicted on innocent people; and whether he will take the necessary steps to have the regulations altered so as to remove this injustice?

Mr. Law

A soldier who is undergoing detention ceases to be entitled to his pay from which the allotment is made. The amount of the allotment continues, however, to be paid to the wife for any period of detention not exceeding 28 days, and is charged against the soldier's account for recovery from any existing credit balance or from future issues of pay. The payment of family allowance continues during the whole period of detention, provided that the man is not discharged from the Army.