HC Deb 13 February 1957 vol 564 cc176-7W
50. Mr. Chapman

asked the Minister of Defence in how many cases during recent years relatives of Service men who have died overseas have paid the cost of bringing home the body; what the average cost has been; and what proportion of this cost has been payment to the service concerned for its expenses.

Mr. Sandys

In 1955 and 1956 there were 94 such cases. Since the relatives normally pay the costs direct I regret that I cannot give an average figure. The Services make no charge for such incidental assistance as they provide. If the Service man has not already been given a Service funeral, a grant-in-aid of £10 is payable from Service funds towards the cost of a civil funeral.