HC Deb 12 February 1946 vol 419 cc53-4W
Mr. Garry Allighan

asked the Secretary of State for War why the estimated value of the clothing, accommodation, food, medical services, etc., supplied to Servicemen has been reduced from 35s. in 1942 to 20s.

Mr. Lawson

The estimated value has not been so reduced. The figure of 35s. to which my hon. Friend refers is presumably that given in the White Paper on the Pay and Allowances of the Armed Forces issued in August, 1942. It was there quoted as an estimate of the minimum sum the unmarried man would otherwise have to spend on the items of living with which he is in fact provided free. The figure of 20s. given in the recent White Paper was estimated as the expense which is saved to the married man and to his household by reason of the fact that he is being kept by the Service..