HC Deb 26 February 1958 vol 583 cc365-6
38. Mr. Wall

asked the Secretary of State for War why officers and men stationed in Army camps at the Hook of Holland are not paid local overseas allowance when this is paid to those in the British Army of the Rhine.

Mr. Soames

The cost of living at the Hook of Holland is not so high as in Germany and has not hitherto justified an allowance, except for married soldiers in rented private accommodation. The position is reviewed from time to time.

Mr. Wall

Is my right hon. Friend aware that there is considerable feeling that the cost of living in Holland is rising? Is he aware that British Service men in Holland feel that they are being treated rather unfairly by comparison with troops serving in B.A.O.R.? Will he look at the matter again?

Mr. Soames

The cost of living in various countries where troops are stationed is reviewed from time to time. In fact, a review is going on at the moment.

Mr. Strachey

Does not the right hon. Gentleman agree that the only logical thing is to pay an overseas allowance to people who are overseas?

Mr. Soames

No, Sir. This is not an overseas allowance. This is a local overseas allowance which is designed to meet differences locally in the cost of living.