HC Deb 24 February 1914 vol 58 c1570
16. Mr. WHELER

asked the Secretary of State for War whether he can make any statement as to the reducing of the payments exacted in the case of men leaving the Army Reserve to join the Navy?

Colonel SEELY

This proposal is still under consideration, and I am not yet in a position to give a definite reply to the question.


May I ask the right hon. Gentleman when he will be able to give any information? The question concerns a considerable number of men. I asked about the matter some months ago, and the right hon. Gentleman then gave me practically the same answer.

Colonel SEELY

I can only say that it is still under consideration. It is not a matter which we can settle at once. There is a great deal to be said on both sides.

19. Colonel YATE

asked the Secretary of State for War if he will now introduce the system of weekly payment of Army Reservists through the agency of the Post Office, in the same manner as old age pensions are paid, in place of the present quarterly payments, in consideration of the fact that these larger payments of £2 5s. quarterly have proved by experience to be bad for the interests of the men and for the good name of the Army generally?

Colonel SEELY

For reasons stated to the House on previous occasions I do not, find myself able to make this change.

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