Officers' Marriage Allowance.

Oral Answers to Questions — Royal Navy. – in the House of Commons on 9th June 1937.

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Photo of Mr Gordon Hall Caine Mr Gordon Hall Caine , Dorset Eastern

asked the First Lord of the Admiralty whether the inquiry into the advisability of according naval officers the same privileges with regard to marriage allowance as Army and Air Force officers is yet complete; and whether he expects to be able to make an announcement in regard to this subject before the Summer Recess?

Photo of Lieut-Commander Richard Tufnell Lieut-Commander Richard Tufnell , Cambridge

asked the First Lord of the Admiralty what progress has been made in connection with the inquiry into the advisability of giving marriage allowances to naval officers, from whom evidence has been heard; whether it is proposed to make a public report on the subject; and whether he anticipates that it will be possible to announce a decision during the current month?

Mr. Cooper:

Representative officers in the Fleet of all ranks have been consulted through the Commanders-in-Chief on all stations; definite proposals have been formulated and are now under active consideration, but I am afraid that I am not in a position to say when a decision will be reached.

Photo of Mr Gordon Hall Caine Mr Gordon Hall Caine , Dorset Eastern

Does my right hon. Friend hope to make known the decision on this subject before the Summer Recess?

Mr. Cooper:

I am afraid I cannot make a promise, but I certainly hope a decision will be reached in good time.

Photo of Mr George Griffiths Mr George Griffiths , Hemsworth

Will the right hon. Gentleman read the speech of the Minister of Health yesterday re population?

Photo of Mr Frederick Macquisten Mr Frederick Macquisten , Argyll

Are not naval officers medically examined, and are they not the best possible stock to breed from?