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Marriage (Expenses)

Volume 446: debated on Tuesday 27 January 1948

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asked the Secretary of State for War whether, in the case of P.O.Ws. marrying in this country, he will allow them to draw all, or at least, some of the money accumulated against the time of their repatriation, so as to enable them to make a reasonable contribution towards their wedding and other unavoidable expenses connected with it.

This suggestion presents certain difficulties. My right hon. Friend is, however, having the matter examined to see whether they can be overcome, though I cannot at the moment give any indication whether or not this will be possible.

Does not the Under-Secretary realise that to allow prisoners of war in this country to marry, and then to deny them the possibility of making some contribution towards their wedding expenses, is to put them in an entirely invidious position? Will he use his influence to see that the present state of affairs is altered?