Oral Answers to Questions — Armed Forces and Civilians (Pensions and Grants)

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons on 1st October 1942.

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Photo of Mr Henry Raikes Mr Henry Raikes , Essex South Eastern

asked the Minister of Pensions whether he is aware that the maximum sum of £7 10s., permitted as an emergency grant towards the funeral expenses of an ex-service man makes no allowance for the purchase of mourning and is therefore insufficient in all cases to discharge the costs of burial; and whether, in view of the hardship and distress suffered by families of service men and women, he will take immediate steps to remedy the situation?