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Billeted Personnel (Travelling Expenses)

Volume 416: debated on Thursday 12 April 1945

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asked the Secretary of State for War if he is aware that soldiers billeted at Charlton and whose office is at Hollinwood have to pay travelling expenses amounting to 8s. per week; why this is so; and why, when detailed to attend a compulsory Armistice Day parade, these same soldiers had to pay a fare of Is. 9½d.

Soldiers who are billeted are entitled to travelling expenses for the journey between their billets and place of duty if the distance exceeds two miles. Soldiers who cannot be accommodated in public quarters or provided with billets receive allowances to enable them to obtain accommodation for themselves, in which case travelling expenses are not allowed in addition. If the soldiers stationed at Hollinwood are, in fact, billeted they may be entitled to travelling expenses under the above conditions. I am looking into the case generally and will communicate with the hon. Member when inquiries have been completed.