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Friday, 9 August 1946

Mr WHITE - I desire to ask a ques tion of the Minister for the Army, in hie capacity as' Acting Minister for Defence, because it concerns members of the. Air Force as well as soldiers. I previously asked two questions on this subject, and the reply of the Minister was that the questions would receive prompt consideration and replies to them would be made before the rising of Parliament. This final session will end within a few hours. The questions which I asked were -

Will the Minister for the Army reply at an early date to two requests that I have made to him from time to time,by letter and in questions in this House, namely, first, that allotments paid between the dates on which a prisoner pf war was posted as missing and when he was presumed to be dead, be no longer deducted from the estates of the deceased men ; and secondly, when will the subject of pay in lieu of furlough be adjusted, so that the dependants of those who died before the date in 1945 fixed by War Cabinet will no longer be deprived of this pay?

I know of many cases in which extreme hardship has been inflicted upon the dependants of such prisoners of war..

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