HC Deb 17 May 1963 vol 677 cc187-8W
Mr. Biggs-Davison

asked the Minister of Defence if he is satisfied that adequate provision has now been made to provide for the needs, and relieve the distress, of Polish ex-Service men who served under British command and are still in the United Kingdom, and their dependants; and whether he will make a statement.

Mr. Thorneycroft

Yes. A great deal was done in the years after the war to help these ex-Service men and their dependants—at a cost of over £60 million. The whole situation was reexamined last year and, as my hon. and gallant Friend the Member for Arundel and Shoreham (Captain Kerby) was informed on 25th October last, it was decided to make a grant of £50,000, to be reviewed annually, available to those Polish ex-Service men who may be in distressed circumstances. The grant is being administered by the British Legion in consultation with Advisory and Executive Committees on which representatives of Polish ex-Servicemen sit. The arrangements are working well.

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