Armed Forces (Pensions and Grants).

Oral Answers to Questions — Food Supplies. – in the House of Commons on 3rd March 1942.

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Miss Ward:

asked the Minister of Pensions whether he will assure the House that the increased allowances granted to families and dependants will in no way be assessed as increasing the family income in such a way as to decrease allowances in cash and kind at present granted on an income basis?

Photo of Mr Wilfred Paling Mr Wilfred Paling , Wentworth

I would refer the hon. Lady to the answer given on 18th February to the hon. Member for Barnsley (Mr. Collindridge), of which I am sending her a copy.

Miss Ward:

Is that a satisfactory answer to the Question I have put on the Order Paper? Might I have an answer to the Question; otherwise, I shall give notice for the Adjournment?

Photo of Mr Wilfred Paling Mr Wilfred Paling , Wentworth

This answer was: A complete review of all war service grants in issue was recently carried out in order to bring them into line with the principles laid down in Command 6318. It is not intended to undertake a further general review at this stage; but as and when a grant comes up for reconsideration for other reasons it will be reassessed on the basis of the facts then existing, including the actual allowances in issue by the Service Department."—[OFFICIAL REPORT, 18th February, 1942; col. 1800, Vol. 377.]

Miss Ward:

Is milk supplied on an Income Tax basis to be no longer supplied?

Photo of Mr Wilfred Paling Mr Wilfred Paling , Wentworth

The assessment is on the basis of income.

Miss Ward:

I beg to give notice that, owing to the unsatisfactory nature of the answer, I shall raise the matter, at the earliest possible moment, on the Adjournment. The answer is bogus.