Enemy Action (Civilian Insurance).

Oral Answers to Questions — Trade and Commerce. – in the House of Commons on 9th June 1942.

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Photo of Sir Jocelyn Lucas Sir Jocelyn Lucas , Portsmouth South

asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether he is aware of the difficulties encountered by men with small resources in obtaining special life policies for air-raid fatalities; and, in view of the recrudescence of raids on this country, will he take immediate steps to facilitate the breadwinner being able to ensure a lump sum being available for his family in case of death?

Photo of Sir Kingsley Wood Sir Kingsley Wood , Woolwich West

I cannot add to the answer which I gave to my hon. and gallant Friend on 19th May last.

Photo of Mrs Mavis Tate Mrs Mavis Tate , Frome

Is the Chancellor aware of the inconvenience caused to women because their compensation is lower than that paid to men?

Viscountess Astor:

May I ask my right hon. Friend, who has sat on the Front Bench for at least 20 years, whether this is the first time he has heard of this? Will he give us an answer which is really worthy of the Government?

Photo of Sir Jocelyn Lucas Sir Jocelyn Lucas , Portsmouth South

In view of the unsatisfactory nature of the reply, I beg to give notice that I shall raise the matter on the Adjournment.