As my right hon. Friend informed my hon. Friend on 8th September, the charge in a Government hostel is based, not on costs in the hostel, but on the payments which munition workers customarily make for board and lodging in munitions areas. The conception of profit, therefore, does not arise.
As the Chancellor of the Exchequer distinguished this figure from billeting payments, on the ground that it is a commercial figure, is it fair to include an element of profit in estimating the value of the board and lodging provided for the Services? Would it not be much better to take the billeting payment as the appropriate figure?