War Gratuities

Oral Answers to Questions — British Army – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 13 March 1945.

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Photo of Mrs Mavis Tate Mrs Mavis Tate , Frome 12:00, 13 March 1945

asked the Secretary of State for War whether, in a case where a man has deserted his wife and family, it will be permissible for the wife to draw the additional money which he has obtained on her account under the war gratuities scheme.

Sir J. Griģģ:

The rates of war gratuity are the same for married and single men. But perhaps the hon. Lady is referring to the man's allowances while he is on notice leave. The payment of family allowances during this period will follow the same rules as during the man's service in the Army.

Photo of Sir John Kerr Sir John Kerr , Combined Scottish Universities

asked the Secretary of State for War the gratuities payable, respectively, on discharge after five years' service to the holder of a short service Regular commission in the R.A.M.C. granted shortly before the outbreak of war, and to an officer of the Volunteer Reserve called up at the same time and serving for the same period; and the reasons for the disparity.

Sir J. Griģģ:

An officer serving on a short service Regular commission in the R.A.M.C. is entitled to a gratuity in respect of his war service in the same way as any other officer. One of the conditions of these commissions was that the officer should get a gratuity of £1,000 after five years if he was not given a permanent commission. This has nothing to do with war service, and it is, of course, paid in addition to any war gratuity.