HC Deb 10 April 1952 vol 498 cc251-2W
8. Sir I. Fraser

asked the Minister of Labour the number of persons drawing training allowances under the training schemes administered by his Department; and the number of such allowances paid to married men living away from their homes during such training.

Sir W. Monckton

I am having this information extracted and will send it to the hon. Member.

9. Sir I. Fraser

asked the Minister of Labour if he will pay the maximum training allowance for married men who live away from home whether they marry before or after entering training and thus assimilate his principle to that adopted for the payment of married allowances to war pensioners.

Sir W. Monckton

The maximum training allowance for married men is already paid to all married trainees, irrespective of when the marriage is contracted. In the case of men already married who are transferred away from home for training, an additional weekly sum of 24s. 6d. is paid in respect of their continuing commitments, but this additional payment is not made in respect of new commitments incurred during training. I will, however, consider whether an exception can be made where the period of separation is unavoidably prolonged as in the case of blind persons at residential centres.