Corps of Military Accountants

Oral Answers to Questions — British Army. – in the House of Commons on 1st December 1925.

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Photo of Mr Douglas Pielou Mr Douglas Pielou , Stourbridge

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asked the Secretary of State for War why, on the disbandment of the Corps of Military Accountants, men enlisted on a 21 years' engagement are being discharged with 28 days' leave with pay and the equivalent of seven days' pay for each unexpired year of service?

Photo of Commodore Henry King Commodore Henry King , Paddington South

Men of the Corps of Military Accountants serving on a 21 years' engagement are granted a pension, on being discharged on reduction, if they have 14 years' total service and 10 years' qualifying service. Those who have less than 14 years' service receive compensa- tion on the same lines as men whose engagement is for seven years or 12 years with the colours.

Photo of Mr Douglas Pielou Mr Douglas Pielou , Stourbridge

Does the hon. and gallant Gentleman consider it a breach of contract, in view of the fact that these men were enlisted on a 21 years' engagement?

Photo of Commodore Henry King Commodore Henry King , Paddington South

No man signs on in his original engagement for 21 years. Men sign on for seven years with the colours and five with the Reserve, and I would draw my hon. Friend's attention to the fact that the engagement of every soldier on attestation states that it is subject to his services being required for the full term.

Photo of Mr Douglas Pielou Mr Douglas Pielou , Stourbridge

Has the hon. and gallant Gentleman observed the answer given by the Secretary of State for War in the last Government, stating that the amalgamation of the Royal Army Pay Corps and the Corps of Military Accountants would take place on the recommendation of the Lawrence Committee?

Photo of Commodore Henry King Commodore Henry King , Paddington South

I do not follow the question. I have not knowledge of the answers given by members of the late Government.