Navy, Army and Air Force Institutes.

Oral Answers to Questions — Education. – in the House of Commons on 23rd March 1922.

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Photo of Viscount  Wolmer Viscount Wolmer , Aldershot

74.

asked the Secretary of State for War whether he can state how much the Navy, Army and Air Force Institutes would be liable to pay in Income Tax for the past three years in the event of it being decided that they should pay such a tax; and whether any decision has been come to in the matter?

Photo of Sir Robert Horne Sir Robert Horne , Glasgow Hillhead

I have been asked by my right hon. Friend to reply to this question. The Navy, Army and Air Force Institutes only came into existence on the 1st January, 1921, and the question of their liability to Income Tax, which is still under consideration, would not arise for any year prior to the year 1920–21. I ought to add that in any case the Board of Inland Revenue would be precluded from disclosing particulars of any Income Tax charge imposed on this or any other taxpayer.

Photo of Viscount  Wolmer Viscount Wolmer , Aldershot

Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that the Navy, Army and Air Force Institutes have been in being since 1917 under the name of the Navy and Army Canteen Board?

Photo of Sir Robert Horne Sir Robert Horne , Glasgow Hillhead

That is entirely a different question.

Photo of Viscount  Wolmer Viscount Wolmer , Aldershot

75.

asked the Secretary of State for War whether he will state what is the position of the employés of the Navy, Army, and Air-Institutes in the Irish Free State; whether the Clause in the Irish Treaty protecting those who will be thrown out of employment through the change of Government is applicable to these men and women; whether he is aware that many of them have been serving the troops for years, recently at the peril of their lives; and if he can say what compensation it is proposed to offer them for their loss of employment?

Photo of Mr Robert Sanders Mr Robert Sanders , Bridgwater

The personnel of the Navy, Army and Air Force Institutes are not Government employés and consequently the Clause in the Irish Treaty to which my Noble Friend refers is not applicable. The question of the position of the employés of the organisation is purely a domestic one affecting the Board of Management and is not one in which the War Office can intervene. I understand, however, that the Board are making arrangements to compensate according to length of service those employés whose services will not be required after the South Irish regiments have been disbanded.

Photo of Viscount  Wolmer Viscount Wolmer , Aldershot

Will the War Office do their best to induce the Board to deal generously with these men who have served the troops so well during the last two years?

Photo of Mr Robert Sanders Mr Robert Sanders , Bridgwater

I am sure they do not require any representation from the War Office in that respect.

Photo of Mr Hugh Morrison Mr Hugh Morrison , Salisbury

79.

asked the Secretary of State for War whether any sum has been advanced from the United Services Fund to the Navy, Army, and Air Force Institutes; and, if so, what is the amount and on what terms has the advance been made?

Photo of Mr Robert Sanders Mr Robert Sanders , Bridgwater

I would refer my hon. Friend to the answer which I gave yesterday to my Noble Friend the Member for Aldershot.

Photo of Viscount  Wolmer Viscount Wolmer , Aldershot

Is my hon. Friend aware that that answer was not very satisfactory?

Photo of Mr Robert Sanders Mr Robert Sanders , Bridgwater

The answer is in the negative.