Barrack Damages (Pay Stoppages).

Oral Answers to Questions — British Army. – in the House of Commons on 24th February 1942.

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Photo of Mr Frederick Bellenger Mr Frederick Bellenger , Bassetlaw

asked the Secretary of State for War whether he will review the system which authorises compulsory stoppages of pay from soldiers on account of barrack damages?

Photo of Mr Duncan Sandys Mr Duncan Sandys , Lambeth Norwood

This system has recently been under review, as a result of which it has been decided to make certain modifications in the procedure.

Photo of Mr Frederick Bellenger Mr Frederick Bellenger , Bassetlaw

What alteration has been suggested?

Photo of Mr Duncan Sandys Mr Duncan Sandys , Lambeth Norwood

In the main what has been proposed is more prompt and frequent inspection and new and unproved methods of assessing damage.

Photo of Mr Frederick Bellenger Mr Frederick Bellenger , Bassetlaw

Will the hon. Gentleman bear in mind that the main improvement that is required is that there shall be fewer compulsory stoppages from soldiers' pay?

Photo of Mr Duncan Sandys Mr Duncan Sandys , Lambeth Norwood

It is considered that this practice is necessary in order to avoid unwarranted expenditure of public funds.