Army Short-Service Engage-Ments (Discharge).

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport. – in the House of Commons on 17th May 1922.

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Photo of Sir Philip Colfox Sir Philip Colfox , Dorset Northern

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asked the Secretary of State for War whether his attention has been drawn to the fact that soldiers serving on short-service engagements whose term of colour service expires before 1st April, 1923, are being compulsorily discharged at short notice; whether, seeing that, in view of the present condition of the labour market, the month's furlough granted to these men is not adequate to enable them to find work, he will state when the terms of compensation mentioned in paragraph 5 of War Office telegram W.O. AG 8 B/BM/9058 will be announced; and will urgent steps be taken to settle and publish these terms of compensation immediately?

Photo of Lieut-Colonel George Stanley Lieut-Colonel George Stanley , Preston

The discharge of certain soldiers serving on short-service engagements has been ordered as part of the reductions to be made in the establishment of the Army. The terms of compensation to be given to these men, in addition to furlough, were published in a Royal Warrant issued as Army Order 179 on the 11th instant, details of which appeared in the Press on Saturday, the 13th instant.

Photo of Colonel Charles Yate Colonel Charles Yate , Melton

How many of these men have been dismissed?

Photo of Lieut-Colonel George Stanley Lieut-Colonel George Stanley , Preston

I cannot say offhand. It was stated in the Debate on the Army Estimates.