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Stores And Supplies (Losses)

Volume 486: debated on Tuesday 10 April 1951

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asked the Secretary of State for War what steps he is taking to bring to the notice of commanding officers the 154 cases of losses summarised in Appendix I of the Army Appropriation Account by the Comptroller and Auditor General amounting to £2,059,490 with a view to preventing a recurrence of such losses.

In March, 1950, the attention of all commanders and general officers commanding was specially drawn to the considerable losses then recorded, and they were requested to bring to the notice of commanding officers their special responsibilities in connection with public stores and supplies as laid down in King's Regulations and the relevant Service regulations, and to take all other appropriate action to effect an improvement in the immediate future. As a general rule, all losses over £50 are investigated by courts of inquiry and consideration is given in each case to responsibility for the loss and measures necessary to prevent a recurrence.