Oral Answers to Questions — Government Hostels (Charges)

– in the House of Commons on 11th September 1942.

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Photo of Sir John Mellor Sir John Mellor , Tamworth

asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer what part of the 27s. 6d. per week, referred to in Command Paper 6385 as the charge for lodging and partial board in a typical Government hostel, represents profit; and what items are included in estimating cost?

Photo of Captain Harry Crookshank Captain Harry Crookshank , Gainsborough

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.

Photo of Sir John Mellor Sir John Mellor , Tamworth

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?