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World War II: Veterans

Foreign and Commonwealth Office written question – answered on 15th March 2019.

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Photo of Richard Benyon Richard Benyon Conservative, Newbury

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions (a) he and (b) officials of his Department have had with Royal Commonwealth Ex-Service League on the gratuity payments made to African soldiers made at the end of the Second World War; and whether his Department has information on the number of veterans who were subject to the differential pay.

Photo of Harriett Baldwin Harriett Baldwin Minister of State (Department for International Development) (Jointly with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office), Minister of State (Foreign and Commonwealth Office) (Joint with the Department for International Development)

Neither I, nor my officials, have had conversations with the Royal Commonwealth Ex-Service League on the gratuity payments made to African soldiers at the end of the Second World War. Following independence, the governments of ex-British colonies usually assumed responsibility for service records relating to their armed forces. The Foreign & Commonwealth Office is working closely with colleagues across government to gather information on this issue.

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