HL Deb 31 October 1984 vol 456 c614WA
Baroness Jeger

asked Her Majesty's Government:

What guidelines have been prepared for the Royal British Legion in its allocation of the Government grant of £ 150,000 to enable war widows to visit their husband's graves; and what right of appeal will be available to widows refused assistance.

Lord Trefgarne

Those guidelines which have been issued to the Royal British Legion refer to the need to provide for as many widows as possible in the scheme: war widows who have subsequently remarried and those who have previously visited their husbands graves at their own expense will, for instance, be eligible for inclusion in the scheme. They also cover questions of detailed accounting arrangements for the grant-in-aid. We do not expect any widow who has not previously received government assistance to visit her husband's grave, to be precluded from the scheme as a result of the general guidelines attached to the grant-in-aid. The inclusion of a widow in the scheme will depend very much of course on the practicable considerations attached to arranging a trip to the location of her husband's grave. The Royal British Legion will be responsible for the scheme, including the selection of those who are to make visits, making the detailed arrangements and dealing with inquiries.

End of the First Session of the Forty-Ninth Parliament of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland in the thirty-third year of the Reign of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.