Discharged Personnel (Clothes Cash Allowance)

Oral Answers to Questions — Royal Navy – in the House of Commons on 18th November 1942.

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Photo of Mr Walter Edwards Mr Walter Edwards , Stepney Whitechapel and St George's

asked the First Lord of the Admiralty the cash allowance, in lieu of civilian clothes, given to men discharged from the Royal Navy?

Mr. Alexander:

The cash allowance now given to men discharged from the Royal Navy, to assist them in providing themselves with civilian clothes, is £2 15s. 10d., which is the same as that given to men discharged from the other fighting Services. Alternatively, he may be given a civilian suit, cap, collar and tie.

Photo of Mr Walter Edwards Mr Walter Edwards , Stepney Whitechapel and St George's

Does my right hon. Friend agree that such a sum is grossly inadequate, especially at the present time, and will he reconsider the position, with the object of making a substantial increase?

Mr. Alexander:

This is the result of a revision which brought what was certainly an unsatisfactory allowance into line with that for the other Services. A review would be a matter for application to the whole of the Services.

Photo of Mr Walter Edwards Mr Walter Edwards , Stepney Whitechapel and St George's

In view of the fact that the amount has been increased from 18s. 8d. to £2 15s. 10d., would it not be as well for another revision to take place, with a similar increase?

Mr. Alexander:

I shall be very glad to consult with the other Service Ministers on the point.

Photo of Mr Frederick Montague Mr Frederick Montague , Islington West

In addition to supplying the man with a cap, would it not be as well to supply him with some string to tie up his parcels?

Photo of Mr George Mathers Mr George Mathers , Linlithgowshire

Is the payment the same in summer as in winter?