HC Deb 15 July 1941 vol 373 cc478-9W
Mr. Sorensen

asked the Minister of Pensions whether the War Service Grants Committee are empowered to assist the dependants of soldiers who are likely to have further financial burdens arising from the operation of the War Damage Act, or whether a special allowance will be granted for this purpose?

Mr. Paling

The liability of a serving member of the Forces under the War Damage Act is one of those which the Committee can take into account.

Mr. R. J. Taylor

asked the Minister of Pensions why a soldier who has received a promotion for efficiency is penalised by the fact that the whole of his extra pay is deducted from the allowance received by his wife from the War Service Grants Committee and what steps he is taking to remedy this injustice?

Mr. Paling

In considering whether a man serving in the Forces is suffering serious financial hardship because of his service the W.S.G.A.C. must take into account not only the obligations which he has to meet but also the resources which are available to meet them. The fact that a man's personal expenses may be increased by his promotion is, however, borne in mind, and the grant is in many cases reduced by less than the amount of the increase in pay.