HC Deb 14 May 1958 vol 588 cc385-6
9. Mrs. Mann

asked the Secretary of State for War if he is aware that a warrant officer of 909 Company, Royal Army Service Corps, is being asked to refund £334 10s. from his wages for lodging allowance paid to him over a previous period; and, as this error was not the fault of the soldier, if he will cancel this charge.

Mr. Amery

I am afraid that in the time available my right hon. Friend has not been able to consider all aspects of this rather complicated case; but I will write to the hon. Lady as soon as I can.

In the meantime I am glad to be able to tell her that at least part of this debt will be written off.

Mrs. Mann

Does not the hon. Gentleman think that it is shock enough to the Service man to have the lodging allowance discontinued without being asked to pay £334 for the last two or three years? Surely it can all be written off. Is not he aware that this warrant officer is receiving only £1 a week just now, and that his hire-purchase commitments present a particular problem? Will he consider remitting the entire amount?

Mr. Amery

I agree with the hon. Lady that in this case the over-issue arose through no fault of the soldier. That is why I have said we shall write off at least a substantial part of the debt. I do not wish to go beyond that at this stage, but I will write to the hon. Lady in due course.

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