HC Deb 19 February 1946 vol 419 c948
35. Mr. Perrins

asked the Secretary of State for War if he is aware that soldiers in hospital for treatment are being required to pay 22s. a week expenses; and whether any portion of this amount is being placed to the credit of the individuals concerned.

Mr. Lawson

I am not aware of any such charges. If my hon Friend will send me particulars of the cases he has in mind I will gladly look into them.

Mr. R. S. Hudson

Would not this question and the penultimate question have been saved if the hon. Member had taken the trouble of writing to the Secretary of State for War first, instead of bringing these charges forward?

Mr. Speaker

I did not hear clearly the right hon. Gentleman's question.

Mr. Hudson

I am suggesting that a number of questions might be saved if hon. Members carried out your suggestion, Mr. Speaker, that they should write to the appropriate Minister.

Mr. Perrins

This is a question of principle

Mr. Speaker

I quite agree, but there are cases when hon. Members have written and have failed to get satisfactory answers, so an oral Question is put down to bring the problem to public attention.