HC Deb 20 December 1944 vol 406 c1800W
Mr. Turton

asked the Secretary of State for Air whether the funeral expenses of officers who die on active service are defrayed by his Ministry; and whether it makes any difference if the officer dies in India and not in any of the other theatres of operations.

Sir A. Sinclair

Yes, Sir. Officers who die on active service in theatres outside India are provided with a Service funeral at public expense unless the relatives desire a private funeral, when a contribution is made towards the expenses from public funds. As regards the second part of the Question, the rules at present in force in India permit of a funeral at public expense only where death is due to enemy action or an aircraft accident. This is a matter for the Government of India, but I understand that the wider rules now applicable to R.A.F. officers in theatres outside India are shortly to be applied in India as well.