§ MAJOR RASCH (Essex, S.E.)
I beg to ask the Secretary of State for War whether his attention has been called to the death of a discharged soldier of the 7th Dragoons who committed suicide at Glasgow owing to his inability to find work; and whether he will consider the possibility of augmenting the Government grant to the Association for Employment of Discharged and Reserve men, which during the past year has found employment for 4,400 old soldiers?
§ THE SECRETARY OF STATE FOR WAR (Mr. CAMPBELL-BANNERMAN,) Stirling, &c.
My attention has not been called to the case referred to, nor is it one for which the War Department could be held responsible. Every effort is made to obtain employment for discharged soldiers, and on June 1, out of 80,737 reservists who sent in their life certificates 73,014 had employment. This accounted for all the Reserve except 2,654, who for various reasons did not send in their certificates. The House will, I am sure, regard these figures as 30 most satisfactory, and an additional grant to the Association referred to does not appear to be needed. I would also remind the hon. and gallant Gentleman that a Committee is sitting on this subject.