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Pay Accounts

Volume 446: debated on Tuesday 27 January 1948

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asked the Secretary of State for War in view of the hardship caused to prisoners of war who cannot earn or receive cash payments when they are unable to work through no fault of their own, whether he will arrange that payments are made otherwise than precarious and inadequate small grants from the camp welfare fund.

Prisoners who are unable to work are not necessarily without means to make canteen purchases as they may well have credits available in their pay accounts. Those who have no such credits may be provided with articles which are essential to the maintenance of health and hygiene, the cost being recovered when their accounts are again in credit. I am considering whether some extension of this arrangement is practicable.