asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the. Admiralty if he is aware that sub-Lieutenant A. R. F. Purvis, Royal Navy, received an intimation on the 17th July that he had been placed on the retired list, to date 21st June, and that he thus not only loses 26 days' pay but was prevented for 26 days from seeking other means of livelihood; whether he is aware that this officer has not even received the pay due to him up to the date of his retirement nor any notice of either pension or gratuity; and whether he will give instructions that such treatment of officers who fought in the War should not be repeated?
Sub-Lieutenant Purvis was, at a medical survey held on the 21st June last, found unfit for further service in the Royal Navy, and it was necessary, therefore, to place him on the retired list from that date, in accordance with the invariable rule in such cases. Officers who are surveyed and found medically unfit are informed of the decision at the time. Owing to heavy pressure of work at the Admiralty, I regret that there was some delay in the formal notification of retirement reaching him.
The question of gratuities for officers in sub-Lieutenant Purvis' position has been under consideration by His Majesty's Government, and I am glad to say that under a decision now received this officer is entitled to a gratuity of £400, payment of which will be made immediately.