§ SIR ARTHUR HAYTER (Walsall)
I beg to ask the Secretary of State for War whether he will consider the practicability of differentiating in the hospital stoppage the cases of men sent to hospital from unavoidable causes, or illness contracted on service, from those of men who are patients from the results of their own excesses, with a view of relieving the former of some part of the daily stoppage of 10d. now imposed on all patients alike?
§ * THE SECRETARY OF STATE FOR WAR (Mr. CAMPBELL - BANNERMAN,) Stirling, &c.
My hon. Friend has apparently been misinformed. The daily stoppage is 7d., not 10d., as stated in the question. Men in hospital on account of wounds received in action or illness contracted on service with an Army in the field are subject to no stoppage whatever. When men are injured on ordinary duty, the General Officer commanding has the power of remitting half the stoppage; and when the injury has been received at drill or manœuvres, the whole may be remitted. Men in hospital on account of sickness resulting from offences committed by them lose the whole of their pay, instead of undergoing the ordinary stoppage of 7d.