HC Deb 09 September 1941 vol 374 cc65-6W
Sir I. Albery

asked the Secretary of State for Air what steps are taken to secure and protect the personal effects of those who become casualties in the Royal Air Force?

Sir A. Sinclair

The duty of safeguarding the personal effects of officers and airmen of the Royal Air Force who lose their lives is entrusted to committees of adjustment appointed in accordance with the provisions of the Regimental Debts Act 1893. In this country, the effects are held at the R.A.F. central depository until they can be sent to the person legally entitled to receive them. In commands overseas, the effects are normally retained at the unit until the question of disposal has been settled. The procedure for personnel reported prisoners of war is similar. As regards airmen admitted to hospital, the regulations provide for the safe custody of any personal property not required in hospital. The personal effects of officers admitted to hospital are safeguarded under arrangements made by the units to which they belong. My hon. Friend will wish to know that the working of this procedure has recently been reviewed and certain improvements have been made.