HC Deb 06 June 1944 vol 400 cc1189-90
19. Captain Crowder

asked the Secretary of State for War what are the arrangements for the disposal of regimental institute funds when a unit is disbanded.

Sir James Grigg

When a unit is disbanded, a final audit board is held on its regimental institute fund, and the commanding officer of the unit is required to furnish a recommendation for the disposal of the balance His recommendation is based on the principle that the funds should benefit the personnel from whom they were derived. The proceedings of the Board and the recommendation of the commanding officer are then submitted to the War Office for approval. Where it is practicable, the funds are alloted to those units which receive the majority of the personnel from the disbanded unit. In most cases, this is not practicable, and the funds are then allocated to the benevolent fund or regimental association of the regiment or Corps concerned, or to one or more of the Service charities. Here, too, the principle followed is that benefits should be available for the disbanded personnel or for their dependants. In no case are these funds transferred to public funds.