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reply made to complaints

Parliamentary Reporter

WELLINGTON, this da\ Complaints alleging delay in tht payment of servicemen returning from overseas were referred to Base Records, which has issued the following statement:—

Pull information in respect to pay ana allowances is given to every serviceman returning to New Zealand unless there are special circumstances appjymg to individual cases. Payments are invariably made promptly, tor instance, a draft of 6000 men arrived on April 21 last and each man was given an advance of £5 before he left the troopship. Within four days of disembarkation warrants for their full credits of ordinary pay up to the next pay day had been prepared and all had been forwarded to the servicemen by April 27. Had Anzac Day not intervened the men would have received their warrants at least one day earlier.

The policy of the office is to pay the men fortnightly throughout their overseas leave period and at the end of that time pay them in full for all their accumulated credits. As the April draft was exceptionally large it was impossible to have all the accumulated credits ready for paynient on the same date, the difficulty being met by dividing the men into groups of 2000. Payment in Groups "The final payments for the first group were completed at the end of one month and there were monthly intervals until the three groups were paid. These accumulated credits consisted of deferred pay, balances ot pay and allowances at the end of the period of overseas leave, and mufti, allowance, a weeK prior to the time of the completion of the warrant each man received an advance of £25 against his credit.

"Expeditious payment was also made to the 900 prisoners of war who arrived Thursday. Advances of £5 to men in the ranks and £10 to officers were given on arrival. On the following day warrants for all ordinary pay credits to July 31 were posted, to the men, the amount in practically all cases being substantial. These men will be paid fortnightly and at the expiry of their overseas leave will receive warrants for their accumulated credits in respect to deferred pay and allowances to the end of the leave period and mufti allowance.

"A certain amount of delay, explained at the time, occurred in connection with the Third Division, but that was entirely due to the size of the draft and the inadequacy of the staff to cope expeditiously with such large numbers of returned men."

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SOLDIER'S PAY, Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 174, 25 July 1945

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SOLDIER'S PAY Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 174, 25 July 1945

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