Billeting Allowance

Oral Answers to Questions — National Finance – in the House of Commons on 26th November 1942.

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Mr. De la Bère:

asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether, in view of the considerable hardship which exists, particularly in the case of small householders who are called on to billet civil servants, he will now consider granting some additional payment in the weekly allowance, since the present allowance does not, in many cases, cover the actual cost of food and lodging?

Photo of Sir Kingsley Wood Sir Kingsley Wood , Woolwich West

I cannot accept the statement that the billeting allowance does not cover the cost of lodging and two meals a day; and I do not think that any additional payment is called for.

Mr. De la Bère:

Is the Minister aware that the Evesham Council have written a very strong letter to me saying that they have had people there for many months and in some cases for two years? They have written to the Ministry of Health and to my right hon. Friend. Can he not do something to give the Evesham Council some satisfaction?

Photo of Sir Kingsley Wood Sir Kingsley Wood , Woolwich West

Perhaps my hon. Friend will send me a copy of the letter.

Mr. De la Bère:

I will certainly let my right hon. Friend have it.