§ 34. Sir A. Knox
asked the Secretary of State for War the total sum allotted by the General Officer Commanding, of the Command, to the County Welfare Officer for Berkshire for Army welfare in the years 1940 and 1941, respectively; and what sum will be allotted in 1942?
§ Sir E. Grigg
In the year ended 31st December, 1941, the County Welfare Officer of Berkshire received just over £200 for expenditure on general welfare. This represents less than one-sixth of the total spent by the Command from their grants on the welfare and entertainment of troops in that county, and this figure again excludes supplementary grants to Auxiliary Territorial Service and antiaircraft units. Moreover, grants made to the Command do not by any means represent the total expenditure on welfare and entertainment, for many things are pro- 192 vided in kind, such as wireless sets and books, or by grants for specific purposes, such as the setting up of quiet rooms. It is not yet possible to say what sum Southern Command will allot to the Berkshire County Welfare Officer in the coming financial year.
§ Sir A. Knox
Does the hon. Member not agree that for the year 1940–41 the amount at the disposal of the welfare officers was about ½d. per head of the command per annum? Is it not ridiculous that these men should be giving all their time when they have so little funds?
§ Sir E. Grigg
I do not know what the percentage may be, but the Director-General of Welfare has never complained about lack of funds. I believe that the funds at his disposal are adequate.