HC Deb 24 February 1898 vol 53 cc1534-5

I beg to ask the Under Secretary of State for War whether, when a soldier applies after a lengthened term of service for a free discharge, his application, according to the Regulations, must lie upon the orderly room table for a period of 30 days, and the applicant be brought up three times during that period and asked whether he still desires to be discharged.


The 30 days referred to is stated in the Queen's Regulations to be for the purpose of enabling the soldier to reconsider his request if he desires to do so; but the commanding officer is empowered to shorten the period or to omit it altogether if he consider it for the interest of the soldier to do so. There is no regulation requiring the soldier to be brought up three times during the period.