HC Deb 02 November 1954 vol 532 cc192-3
22. Mr. Hayman

asked the Secretary of State for War how frequently, on the average, the Imperial War Graves Commission replaces tombstones in British churchyards; and the average costs, separately, of an inscribed stone and of fixing it.

Mr. Head

About ½ per cent per year. This is nearly always because of a flaw. The average costs are about £6 for an inscribed headstone and £1 for fixing.

Mr. Hayman

Will the Minister take steps to ensure that the national concern of the British people that the graves of our soldiers are properly cared for is not financially exploited, and will he investigate a case, the particulars of which I will send him?

Mr. Head

I shall be pleased to investigate any case, but it is my impression that the Imperial War Graves Commission takes great trouble to maintain a very high standard.