HC Deb 13 May 1915 vol 71 c1810

asked the Under-Secretary of State for War whether he is aware that on the 23rd November, 1914, £5 14s. was sent in a registered packet by the officer commanding the 16th Lancashire Battery of the Royal Field Artillery at Sutherland to Corporal W. W. Breese, for pay to himself and five men who had been dispatched to Salisbury Plain for the purpose of building additional huts for the Canadian troops; whether such money never reached the corporal; and whether the War Office will take steps to compel the Post Office to refund the amount?


I understand that the facts are as stated in the first two parts of the question. The policy of compulsion cannot be entertained, as the hon. Member suggests, but the matter is being further investigated. The orderly Donagher is now serving with the Expeditionary Force.


Will the right hon. Gentleman consult the Postmaster-General as to where this money has gone and get it back?


I have informed the hon. Member where the money is. The receipt was signed by the orderly Donagher.