There was some discussion about this the other day. At the moment I am not prepared to go so far as to say that in every case the gratuity should be paid to the estate. That may be the fair way; there are strong arguments in favour of it, but at the moment I am confining my submission to the payment to the mother and father. In many cases the mother and father would not want it; to get the gratuity of their dead son would be the last thing they would want. But there are cases where the gratuity is badly needed and should be paid. Another case I have had is where the boy has been assigning pay to his father to help pay for the home. That was not regarded as dependency and therefore the gratuity could not be paid.
Subtopic: PROVISION FOR GRANTING TO HIS MAJESTY AID FOR NATIONAL DEFENCE AND SECURITY