HC Deb 26 January 1948 vol 446 cc103-4W
138. Mr. Low

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether he is aware that considerable sums are being deducted from the current pay of members of the Control Commission, Germany, staff in order that the Foreign Office may hold a sum against possible over-payment in Germany; and how he justifies such action.

Mr. Mayhew

A deduction is made from the pay of a member of the Control Commission in Germany at the end of the first month of service to cover his probable monthly requirements of local currency advances as estimated by the member himself. The amount so deducted is held as a fixed deposit which is re-credited to the individual on his permanent return to the United Kingdom. No further deduction of the kind is made unless on a three months' average the member's local drawings in Germany materially exceed his original estimate, and then only to the extent of such excess. In the circumstances, [...] regard the arrangement as a necessary and equitable one.