HC Deb 13 April 1921 vol 140 cc1121-2W
Lieut.-Colonel BELL

asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the War Office if he is aware that the gas stoves which were installed in the married quarters in Artillery Place, Woolwich, when these dwellings were handed over to munitions workers in 1915 were removed when they were reoccupied by soldiers' families in 1920; that considerable inconvenience is caused to the occupants by the absence of such stoves, and moreover that considerable feeling exists among them owing to the fact that apparently what was considered necessary for munitions workers can be dispensed with in the case of married non-commissioned officers and men; and if he will consider having the stoves replaced?


I am informed that the Ministry of Munitions installed gas stoves in the quarters referred to, with a penny-in-the-slot meter for each stove. These fittings were removed by the Ministry when the quarters were handed back to the War Office. Gas stoves are not an authorized supply for military quarters, as ordinary ranges and grates are installed and fuel is issued (or an allowance paid in lieu).