HC Deb 06 July 1948 vol 453 cc183-4
11. Mr. Boyd-Carpenter

asked the Secretary of State for War whether, in the case of a soldier, particulars of whom have been furnished to him he will restore payment of voluntary allotment to the soldier's wife, pending completion of his investigations.

Mr. Shinwell

This man has been credited with the highest rate appropriate to his rank, and at the end of April, 1948, had drawn over £32 in excess of his entitlement. According to my information, the possibility of the debt being due to a mistake is very remote. As, however, the case is still under investigation, I am arranging for the voluntary allotment to be reissued until the investigations have been completed.

15. Sir Jocelyn Lucas

asked the Secretary of State for War whether he has yet come to a decision in the case of Mr. A. W. Jones of 117 St. Augustine Road, Southsea, which has been before him since 3rd February last.

Mr. Shinwell

I regret the delay in reaching a decision on this case, which presents some difficulties. I hope, however; to write to the hon. Member shortly.

Sir J. Lucas

Will the right hon. Gentleman remember that one of his staff has had first-hand experience? Will he look into the matter very carefully?

Mr. Shinwell

Without making any commitment—I emphasise, without making any commitment—I will look into this matter. It is precisely because I have looked into it that I ask the hon. Gentleman to await my investigations.