§ Mr. Ron Lewis
asked the Minister of Pensions and National Insurance if she will review the question of maintenance arrears with a view to a guarantee being given to the wives whose husbands have left them.
§ Miss Herbison
The National Assistance Board already invites a deserted wife in receipt of assistance who has a maintenance order to authorise the Board to collect any moneys paid into court. The woman is then paid a full weekly assistance grant, and is thus 177W spared the need to make weekly visits to the court and assured of a stable weekly income, whether or not the court order is being regularly complied with.