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Part of Orders of the Day — Supply. – in the House of Commons on 24th March 1922.

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Lieut.-Colonel Sir F. HALL:

I wish to raise a point in regard to the disabilities of men who served under what we term boy service. New instructions have been issued which press very hardly indeed upon the soldier with regard to the completion of his 21 years. Originally boy service used to count, but now, under the new Regulations, in the case of those who join as boys at 14 the four years between 14 and 18 do not count. My right hon. Friend must recognise how hardly that affects a soldier who wants to complete his 21 years. In the old days there used to be halfpenny a day deduction. With regard to warrant officers there is no deduction at all. Now it is most difficult for any soldier who joins as a boy to complete his 21 years and obtain the full pension. I should like an intimation that my right hon. Friend will have the whole matter looked into so as to put these men in the same position they were in previous to the issue of the new Order.