§ 25. Mr. FREEMAN
asked the Secretary of State for War whether he has now been able to reconsider the question of the proposed reduction in ration allowances to non-commissioned officers and men on leave?
§ The SECRETARY of STATE for WAR (Mr. T. Shaw)
As I have already explained, this reduction in the rate of ration allowance issuable on furlough forms part of a general revision of allowances, which was nearing completion more than two years ago, and which was designed to remedy, by a redistribution of the money available on a more logical and equitable basis, a number of anomalies and hardships affecting all ranks. I have considered in every way and with the utmost sympathy the possibility of re-introducing the higher rate of ration allowance on furlough, but I very much regret that I cannot do so without upsetting the whole revision of allowances of which it forms an integral part.
§ Mr. FREEMAN
Is my right hon. Friend aware that this means a drop of between 30 per cent. and 40 per cent. to these men and officers? If my right hon. Friend cannot restore the original position, can he not do something to meet this serious decrease?