HC Deb 15 May 1941 vol 371 cc1275-6W
Sir J. Mellor

asked the Secretary of State for War whether a pensioner, re-enlisted before mobilisation to assist with the training of the Militia and the Territorial Army, who declined in December, 1939, at seven days' notice to undertake further liabilities, is entitled, when permitted to live out of barracks, to receive, subject to a deduction of 1s. 8d. per day from his pay, a standard ration as defined in the Allowance Regulations, 1938, paragraph 29; and whether he will direct that such pensioners shall be permitted to draw personal rations, including cash allowance, on the same scale as other personnel living out of barracks?

Captain Margesson

Re-enlisted pensioners living out of barracks and receiving the special inclusive rates of pay to which I referred in the answer given to my hon. Friend on 1st May are not entitled to receive rations in kind. They are in effect in the same position as soldiers on the lodging list, who are expected to provide themselves with food under civilian rationing rules, except that, whereas the latter receive ration allowance in addition to pay at normal rates, pensioners re-enlisted before mobilisation already receive a special rate of pay which is designed to cover the cost of food.