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Barracks (Coal Allowance)

Volume 319: debated on Tuesday 2 February 1937

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asked the Secretary of State for War how many pounds of coal per head per day are allowed for men in barracks and married men in quarters and for what period of the year; whether it varies with the geographical position of the barracks in question; and whether there is any additional allowance in cases where a unit is under strength but is necessarily occupying accommodation intended for a larger number?

It is impracticable to translate into an allowance of pounds of coal per caput the various scales of fuel issued for consumption in barracks and married quarters, which depend in many cases not on the numbers of the personnel concerned but on the size and type of accommodation. The scales vary as between winter and summer, and as between stations at home and those abroad, depending on the climatic conditions of the latter, while in the case of home stations an extra allowance is provided for those in exceptionally exposed positions. No additional allowance is made when a unit is under strength and is occupying accommodation intended for a larger number, but as a general rule the scales give a greater allowance of fuel per caput than when it is up to strength.