HC Deb 03 May 1937 vol 323 cc764-5
5. Mr. Touche

asked the Under-Secretary of State for India what is the messing allowance paid to men in the Royal Air Force on service in India; how this sum compares in purchasing power with the ration allowance paid to such men in England and Egypt; and, if it be smaller, whether any steps are being taken to adjust this?

Mr. Butler

The messing allowance paid to men of the Royal Air Force in India is 3½ annas per man per diem. It is not strictly comparable with the ration allowance issued under British Regulations, and a comparison of the respective purchasing power of the two allowances would, therefore, be misleading. The whole question is at present under consideration, and I expect that an anouncement will be made shortly.