Billeting Allowances.

Oral Answers to Questions — Civil Defence. – in the House of Commons on 12th March 1942.

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Mr. Bernard Taylor:

asked the Minister of Health whether he has now considered the letter from the Evacuation Subcommittee of the Mansfield Town Council respecting the standardisation of billeting allowances; and will he make a statement thereon?

Photo of Mr Ernest Brown Mr Ernest Brown , Leith

Yes, Sir. Some of the payments mentioned in the letter are not billeting allowances but are subject to the agreement of the parties concerned. So far as billeting allowances are concerned, it will be appreciated that variations in the amounts paid for different classes of person normally reflect differences in the amount of accommodation and service which the householder is required to provide. I hope shortly to be in a position to make a statement on the allowances paid for evacuated children.

Mr. Taylor:

Is the right hon. Gentleman aware of the difficulty in securing billets owing to the anomalies existing in billeting allowances?

Photo of Mr Ernest Brown Mr Ernest Brown , Leith

That concerns the whole range of Government Departments.