HL Deb 30 January 1946 vol 139 cc97-8WA

asked His Majesty's Government if they will state the position, country, by country, in regard to the payment of war gratuities to foreign nationals of the following countries, who have served, or are still serving, in His Majesty's Forces:—Norway, Poland, France, The Netherlands, Belgium, Czechoslovakia, Jugoslavia and any other allied State that had nationals serving in His Majesty's Forces; Denmark and any neutral State that had nationals serving in His Majesty's Forces, including the Latin-American States; enemy nationals who, being regarded as reliable, were permitted to serve in His Majesty's Armed Forces, or in the Pioneer or Labour Corps.


Foreign nationals of any country who were accepted for, and who actually served in the British Forces, qualify for war gratuity at the same rates and under the same conditions as British personnel, and the gratuities are paid from British Funds in the usual way. But in some cases in the R.A.F., foreign nationals—namely, Belgians, Dutch and Czechs, although technically commisstoned or enlisted into His Majesty's Forces for purposes of convenience, were in fact accepted for service in special units with their own national titles, and their pay and allowances were met, either at once or ultimately, from the funds of the allied nation concerned. In such cases His Majesty's Government is not concerned with the assessment or payment of war gratuity.