Short Service.

Oral Answers to Questions — Deceased Soldiers' Balances. – in the House of Commons on 17th February 1920.

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Photo of Sir Charles Edwards Sir Charles Edwards , Bedwellty

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asked the Secretary of State for War why Private B. Llewellyn, South Wales Borderers, Brecon Barracks, was not allowed to purchase his discharge under Section 10 of Army Order B 265A (short service), seeing that all conditions under that section, which clearly gives the right to purchase the same, had been fulfilled?

Photo of Mr Archibald Williamson Mr Archibald Williamson , Moray and Nairnshire

Discharge from the Army by purchase is at present suspended. Private Llewellyn, having given the requisite notice, he will be allowed to purchase his discharge as soon as discharge by purchase is reopened.

Photo of Sir Charles Edwards Sir Charles Edwards , Bedwellty

Is there not only one condition in the Clause and has it not been complied with; consequently, cannot this man legally claim purchase if he wishes to?

Photo of Mr Archibald Williamson Mr Archibald Williamson , Moray and Nairnshire

I think the answer is in the negative. I am told the conditions are suspended.

Photo of Mr William Thorne Mr William Thorne , West Ham Plaistow

When will purchase be reopened again?

Photo of Mr Archibald Williamson Mr Archibald Williamson , Moray and Nairnshire

If the hon. Gentleman will put a Question down to the Secretary of State, I will see that he gets an answer.