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War Gratuities And Post-War Credits

Volume 411: debated on Wednesday 6 June 1945

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asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether his attention has been called to the complaints from serving officers and men at the Government decision to pay the money due to them on demobilisation in respect of war gratuities and post-war credits by instalments instead of in one lump sum, which would often enable them to start in business; and whether, in view of the comparatively small amount of money involved, he will consider whether he can make these payments in a lump sum.

My hon. Friend is under a misapprehension. As I indicated in my statement of 6th February, those who axe released in their turn will receive their war gratuities and post-war credits in the form of deposits in the Post Office Savings Bank as soon as possible after the start of releases. There is no intention of paying these in instalments.