HC Deb 20 January 1942 vol 377 cc222-3W
Mr. Hammersley

asked the First Lord of the Admiralty why it is that a naval officer who marries in America receives marriage allowance, while his messmate whose wife is evacuated to America is not entitled to this allowance?

Sir V. Warrender

I would draw my hon. Friend's attention to the recent announcement made in the House that monthly remittances of £10 for a wife and £3 for each child can now be made in respect of wives and children in Canada and the United States. The whole matter, of marriage allowances for officers whose families are in the United States and Canada is now under active consideration in the light of the altered circumstances to which I have referred. Meanwhile payment of marriage allowance to officers in the second category mentioned by my hon. Friend has been resumed.