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Fighting Forces (Dependants, Public Assistance)

Volume 345: debated on Thursday 30 March 1939

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asked the Minister of Health whether he is aware that in a substantial number of cases the dependants of men serving with His Majesty's Forces are being relieved by the public assistance committees; and will he take steps to see that the full maintenance of men so serving, and their dependants, is made a national charge?

I am aware that cases occur from time to time in which relief is granted to wives of men in His Majesty's Forces who have married before they are entitled to marriage or family allowances. As regards the second part of the question, I would refer the hon. Member to the answer given to the hon. Member for Merthyr (Mr. S. O. Davies) on 6th March and to the statement made by my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for War in the course of the Debate on the Army Estimates on the 14th March.