HC Deb 15 November 1949 vol 469 cc1838-9
18 and 19. Sir W. Wakefield

asked the Secretary, of State for War (1) if, in view of the difficulty of housing accommodation for officers and their families transferred from one station to another, he will grant 75 per cent. of legal expenses and of purchase of a new house and sale of old up to a maximum of £140 as allowed in the Civil Service;

(2) why officers who are moved from one station to another are not reimbursed the cost of the transfer of tenancy at the old station or of lodging allowance for continued liability until termination of tenancy as granted in the Civil Service.

Mr. Shinwell

As in the case of similar Questions addressed to me by the hon. Member on 21st June and 31st May, I would refer him to the reply given by my right hon. Friend the Minister of Defence on 13th April to a Question by the hon. Member for North Blackpool (Mr. Low).

Sir W. Wakefield

Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that Service families incur a great expense by continually moving about, and can he say why it is that they, with more moving to do than the Civil Service, should be at so much disadvantage? Cannot this matter be looked into again?

Mr. Shinwell

It has been looked into several times. We do take account of the fact that these frequent postings cause expense to be incurred but, on the other hand, we take account of the frequent postings in determining the nature of the emoluments.