Pay and Allowances

Oral Answers to Questions — British Army – in the House of Commons on 20th October 1942.

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Mr. De la Bère:

asked the Secretary of State for War whether, in view of the difficulty experienced by a large number of serving soldiers in understanding their rates of pay and allowances, he will consider in what way they can simplify these with a view to their being more readily understood?

Photo of Sir James Grigg Sir James Grigg , Cardiff East

I would refer my hon. Friend to the statement I made on this subject on 10th September, of which I am sending him a copy.

Mr. De la Bère:

Is my right hon. Friend not aware that the present meods are somewhat obsolete and antiquated? Does he not fully realise the necessity for the men in the Army getting to know what they are entitled to, and having a simple form that they can understand?

Photo of Sir James Grigg Sir James Grigg , Cardiff East

Certainly; if my hon. Friend will read the extract that I will send him he will see that I do understand that.

Mr. De la Bère:

But, in spite of that answer, the soldier does not understand the system of payment. He wants to have the thing simplified.