HC Deb 27 February 1940 vol 357 cc1888-9
67. Mr. J. Henderson

asked the Secretary of State for War whether any steps are being taken to provide a competent authority in each military training camp in order to assist the men called to the Colours in such private questions as life assurance, house purchase, hire purchase, etc.?

Mr. Stanley

It is the duty of every officer to look after the welfare of his men, but in many units and camps one officer is deputed specially to deal with inquiries regarding such matters as life assurance, house purchase and hire purchase. In addition, social welfare officers have been appointed throughout the country and an important part of their duties is to advise on personal matters of this nature. In many cases, they have the assistance of local solicitors and others who are able to give expert advice on special matters. Cases which cannot be dealt with locally may be referred to command social welfare officers, who in turn are assisted by specialist advisers.