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Evacuees, United States (Sterling Remittances)

Volume 388: debated on Thursday 22 April 1943

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asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether he will now consider increasing the amount of sterling which may be remitted each month for the support of British women and children registered as evacuated to the United States of America and the British Dominions?

The amount of remittances to be allowed to women and children evacuated to the United States of America and Canada is kept under review. I am not prepared at the present time to authorise an increase. There is no restriction on remittances to British Dominions other than Canada, since these are within the sterling area.

Will the right hon. Gentleman tell me how mothers with children in the United States can meet the tremendous rise in the cost of living which has taken place, and whether it is not a question of raising these amounts now instead of waiting until some later date?

I am keeping this matter under review. I have not had any representations lately, but I will have regard to what my hon. Friend has said.