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asked the Secretary of State for War whether he is aware that men on instructional courses within short distances of their homes are permitted to be billeted at home at nights and week-ends but receive no rationing allowances for these periods; and will he make arrangements to meet the difficulty resulting from this arrangement?
No, Sir. I am nor aware of any such complaints. Men attending courses of instruction normally have their meals supplied for them in mess whether they are accommodated in War Department buildings or in billets. They are not then entitled to any ration allowance unless they go on leave for over 24 hours. If in exceptional cases no mess is provided for them to have their meals in and they have to have their meals in billets the householder is paid the normal allowance for the provision of meals in billets. If my hon. Friend will send me details of the cases to which he refers I will have them examined.