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Prisoners Of War (Pay Advances)

Volume 411: debated on Tuesday 29 May 1945

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asked the Secretary of State for War on what basis deductions are made from the pay of British prisoners of war to offset the pay they received from the Germans; and how the practice of His Majesty's Government compares with that of Dominion Governments in this matter.

Amounts equivalent to the advances of pay made by the German Government to British officer prisoners of war, and to Protected Personnel, officers and other ranks, under the respective Geneva Conventions are recovered from the pay due to those concerned. Any credit balances saved by prisoners of war directly from these payments are redeemed by His Majesty's Government. I understand that the practice adopted in this matter by the Governments of individual Dominions varies; some follow a policy similar to our own, while others disregard pay received by their personnel whilst in captivity and equally disregard credit balances saved from pay advanced.