HC Deb 27 July 1982 vol 28 cc503-4W
Mr. Adley

asked the Secretary of State for Defence what arrangements exist to enable the widows of Service men killed in the South Atlantic to continue, or to commence, as appropriate, educating their children at fee-paying schools, in accordance with the normal arrangements for financial assistance pertaining for the children of Service men; and if he will ensure that all such assistance for educational purposes, that would have been available prior to death on active service, remains available to children now fatherless.

Mr. Blaker

Boarding school allowance is paid to assist Service men with the cost of boarding education if they choose this means to preserve the continuity of their children's education in the face of the frequent family moves inherent in service life. Normally the allowance is paid for one term after a Service man dies or is invalided from the Service.

The way in which allowances for the children of men killed in the South Atlantic should be treated is being reviewed but I am not yet in a position to make an announcement. I shall reply to the hon. Gentleman in more detail in due course.