HC Deb 20 February 1919 vol 112 cc1175-6W

asked the Secretary of State for War whether he is aware that troops arriving late from the Continent on leave find on arrival the money-exchange office at Victoria Station closed, with the result that, having journeys to make to their homes, they find themselves in a position of great embarrassment; and whether he will take immediate steps to have this shortcoming remedied?

Captain GUEST

Under arrangements made with the railway company, troops arriving by leave trains are able to exchange their money, on arrival, at the Exchange Offices at Victoria Station which are always opened for this purpose. In exceptional cases when troops do not arrive by leave trains, arrangements have been made for exchange to be carried out at the booking offices. I understand that an isolated case has recently occurred in which sufficient cash was not available at the booking office to make the exchange; I am informed by the railway authorities that such a case is not likely to recur, but I am considering whether any further steps are necessary. I might add that during the War over eleven million pounds have been exchanged by the railway company for the troops, and the arrangements made have given great satisfaction.