HC Deb 21 August 1945 vol 413 cc433-4
29. Mr. John Lewis

asked the Secretary of State for War whether he will consider taking immediate steps to alter the present policy of the Government whereby deductions are made from officers' pay based upon allowances made to them while prisoners of war in Japanese hands, particularly having regard to the fact that the balance of Japanese pay left over to them, after the deductions, had to be used to buy additional food in order to keep them alive.

Mr. Lawson

The question raised by my hon. Friend is already under examination in the light of the information at present available and that which will be obtained from the prisoners now being released. It raises complicated issues owing to the diversity of practice in the various areas in which prisoners were held.

Mr. Lewis

Is my right hon. Friend aware that the American Government have decided to disregard completely payments received by their men during the time they were in prison in Japanese hands?

Mr. Lawson

As I told my hon. Friend, the question is under examination in the light of information at present available. We are also awaiting further information from the prisoners now being released.