Oral Answers to Questions — African Auxiliary Pioneer Corps

– in the House of Commons on 6th April 1944.

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Photo of Major Abraham Lyons Major Abraham Lyons , Leicester East

asked the Secretary of State for Dominion Affairs what are the conditions as regards pay, bonus and leave that a combatant or non-combatant African enlisted in Swaziland, Bechuanaland or Basutoland receives on discharge from the Forces; and whether any special steps are being taken for his suitable reemployment in civil life and, in the case of disabled men, for their physical rehabilitation.

Photo of Mr Paul Emrys-Evans Mr Paul Emrys-Evans , Derbyshire Southern

Natives from these territories are serving in the African Auxiliary Pioneer Corps. On discharge they are entitled to the usual 14 days' leave and are allowed to keep Army clothing. Sums accumulated under the compulsory deferred pay system become available on discharge. The question of rehabilitation is being considered on the lines explained by my right hon. Friend, the Secretary of State for the Colonies, in his reply to the hon. Member on 15th March.

Photo of Major Abraham Lyons Major Abraham Lyons , Leicester East

Is the period of leave given on full pay and allowances? May I have an answer to that question.

Photo of Mr Paul Emrys-Evans Mr Paul Emrys-Evans , Derbyshire Southern

I should want notice of that question.

Photo of Major Abraham Lyons Major Abraham Lyons , Leicester East

If it is not, it is not leave at all.