asked the Secretary of State for War if he is aware that men are being released from the Forces without being informed until afterwards that they are in debt; and, in view of the fact that requests for details are not answered for months in some cases, he will make some investigations.
Where a debit balance on a soldier's account does not become apparent until shortly before he is released, it is not always possible to notify his commanding officer in time to adjust pay issues before the soldier leaves the Army. The soldier's pay book, which contains a record of his rate of pay and cash payments, provides him, however, with a guide to the approximate position of his account at any time. The preparation of a long statement of account takes considerable time and some delay is inevitable. Investigations will be made if details of cases of undue delay are notified.
Does not the right hon. Gentleman realise that there are great delays in obtaining answers from paymasters' offices; and will he do his best to expedite these answers as a good deal of anxiety is caused?
Will the Minister consider the difficulties caused in a number of cases when men come out of the Army without any clear knowledge of how they stand; and will he examine closely the accounting methods in the Army and endeavour to establish some form of accounting which will assure serving men precisely how they stand from period to period?