§ Mr. BENNETT
asked the Minister of Pensions whether he will consider the necessity of so extending the provisions of Section 9 of the War Pensions (Administrative Provisions) Act, 1918, Sub-Section 1, as to make the grants provided for in 623W Regulation 23 under that Act available in the case of children placed in the charge of relatives, without limiting the grants to children suffering from neglect or want of proper care as stipulated in the above-named section?
§ Mr. MACPHERSON
The Regulations Part III. of the Special Grants Committee (to which no doubt my hon. Friend refers) were framed to carry out the provisions made by Parliament in favour of a special and small class of the children of service men, whose circumstances rendered it necessary that they should be brought under the full care and control of the Ministry. As at present advised, I do not see sufficient reason for extending the provision made for neglected children to other classes of children, who are at present provided for by the Royal Warrant.