asked the Secretary of State for War whether, as he has now received from the hon. Member for the Petersfield Division of Hampshire the requested particulars of cases of officers' wives who are in considerable distress on account of the inadequate allotment made to them from the pay of their husbands reported missing in the Far East, he will now, realising the urgency of the problem, arrange that some more generous provision for these ladies shall be made?
The particular cases brought to my notice by my hon. and gallant Friend were few and, owing to the present system, under which officers' contributions to the support of their families are not disclosed to the War Office, any variation of the basis of the missing allowances presents numerous difficulties. The matter has been under active consideration and I hope to be able to send my hon. and gallant Friend a definite reply at an early date.