§ MR. FLYNN (Cork, N.)
I beg to ask the Financial Secretary to the War Office whether the Secretary of State for War received a petition last December asking for an ex gratia allowance to be made to a poor woman of Blackpool, Cork, whose son, John Addis, was killed by the bursting of a gun at Cork Harbour Fort in the summer of 1900; and whether, in view of the fact that this soldier was the main support of his mother, and was killed in the execution of military duty, the authorities will take her case into favourable consideration.
The petition has been received. The regulations do not admit of any grant to the mother from public funds.
Representations can be made, but we have no power except to do that. I will refer the matter to the Patriotic Fund Commissioners.