Regimental Institutes (Audit Boards).

Oral Answers to Questions — British Army. – in the House of Commons on 3rd February 1942.

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Photo of Mr Frederick Bellenger Mr Frederick Bellenger , Bassetlaw

asked the Secretary of State for War whether any other ranks are entitled to sit on the audit boards assembled to examine the accounts of regimental institutes; and what is the procedure for publishing such accounts.

Photo of Mr David Margesson Mr David Margesson , Rugby

No provision is made in King's Regulations for other ranks to sit as members of audit boards to examine the accounts of regimental institutes. A balance sheet is published in unit orders as soon as possible after the quarterly audit.

Photo of Mr Frederick Bellenger Mr Frederick Bellenger , Bassetlaw

In view of the large sums of money involved and the fact that they come mostly from other ranks, would it not be better perhaps to amend the Regulations and permit other ranks to control the money?

Photo of Mr David Margesson Mr David Margesson , Rugby

Most of the accounts dealt with by the audit boards are actually kept by the officers, and they are responsible.

Photo of Mr Frederick Bellenger Mr Frederick Bellenger , Bassetlaw

Will the right hon. and gallant Gentleman look into the matter again? Is he aware that the Regulation is not universally adopted of publishing the accounts and that there is considerable questioning as to what happens?