asked the Prime Minister whether he will consider amending the Regulations whereby Sailors, soldiers and airmen, when undergoing detention for purely military offences, forfeit the whole of their pay during such detention, in order that their dependants do not also suffer punishment in cases where only disciplinary offences are involved?
It is true that serving men forfeit the whole of their pay during detention, but family allowance continues undisturbed. Each Service has, moreover, arranged concessions to mitigate the hardship to the family resulting from stoppage of pay, and I do not consider there is any case for making a radical change in the present system.
Does the right hon. Gentleman not agree that conditions in detention camps are sufficiently severe to deter members of the Services from committing crimes without this additional hardship?
While apologising for the fact that this Question has appeared on the Order Paper twice, may I ask whether, in view of the tremendous successes of the Services, the Government will take steps to see that all these paltry pinpricks in relation to their financial payments are removed at the earliest opportunity?
I do not know whether the hon. Lady has read the reply. I said, in the latter part of the reply:
"…cases in which the operation of the present rules cause a reduction in Service de pendant's allowance on the award of a pension by the Ministry of Pensions are being specially considered."—[OFFICIAL REPORT, 10th November, 1942; col. 2324, Vol. 383.]