§ Mr. Thornton-Kemsley
asked the Secretary of State for War why the qualification for command allowance for lieutenant-colonels is based on the number of troops under command, thus excluding 8W lieutenant colonel commandants of prisoner-of-war camps, when the allowance is intended to meet the expenses of entertaining which a commanding officer normally has to incur in virtue of his position; and whether he is aware that the commandant of a prisoner-of-war camp has at least as many official visitors as a battalion commander or equivalent.
§ Mr. Bellenger
The allowance is designed to cover entertainment expenses arising from command of officers and men. No such liability arises in respect of prisoners of war. It is not intended to cover the entertainment of official visitors, separate provision for which is made in Army Order 170 of 1944.