Oral Answers to Questions — Service Pay and Allowances.

– in the House of Commons on 4th August 1942.

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Photo of Major Abraham Lyons Major Abraham Lyons , Leicester East

asked the Secretary of State for War whether any, and what, investigation is being made on the question of soldiers' pay and/or allowances?

Photo of Sir Kingsley Wood Sir Kingsley Wood , Woolwich West

As this question concerns all three Services, and not the Army only, I have been asked to reply.

The Lord Privy Seal has already indicated that the House will be given an opportunity to debate the question of Service pay and allowances after the Recess. In preparation for this Debate, and with a view to removing certain misapprehensions, the Government propose to lay a White Paper containing material relevant thereto.

Photo of Major Abraham Lyons Major Abraham Lyons , Leicester East

Will that White Paper be laid before the House before the coming Recess, and does my right hon. Friend realise the great public feeling which exists now about the insufficiency of pay in the lower ranks of the Army?

Photo of Sir Kingsley Wood Sir Kingsley Wood , Woolwich West

In regard to the first part of the question, the White Paper will be laid in good time before the Debate.

Photo of Commander Sir Archibald Southby Commander Sir Archibald Southby , Epsom

Will it be laid before the House adjourns?

Photo of Sir Kingsley Wood Sir Kingsley Wood , Woolwich West

No, Sir, not before the House adjourns.

Photo of Mr William Thorne Mr William Thorne , West Ham Plaistow

Will it be sent through the post?