HC Deb 23 November 1920 vol 135 c198
19. Captain LOSEBY

asked the Secretary of State for War whether he is aware that, owing to the conditions at present existing in Ireland, officers are compelled to live in barracks in numbers greatly in excess of that for which proper quarters are available; and if, as a solatium for the consequent discomfort, he will consider the advisability of authorising the issue of field-service allowance, or, alternatively, having the value of each officer's quarters assessed, and returning to each officer the balance of the lodging money to which he would be entitled if living outside barracks?


I am aware that the increased number of officers in Ireland must involve restricted accommodation, but officers know, and the Regulations provide, that special exigencies may render it necessary to allot quarters of less extent than usual. I regret it is not possible to grant field or other allowances, nor to adopt the hon. and gallant Member's alternative suggestion.