HC Deb 20 April 1915 vol 71 c165

asked the Under-Secretary of State for War if, in response to advertisements for clerks for the Army Service Corps at 4s. a day, numbers of clerks have enlisted; if on arrival at Aldershot they are put to work as labourers and are paid from 1s. 2d. to 1s. 8d. a day, for which labourers are being engaged at 3s. a day; and, if so, whether he will cause inquiry to be made with a view to such clerks being employed in accordance with the terms of their enlistment?


No cases are known where clerks specially enlisted are being paid at rates other than those at which they were engaged, nor am I aware that these men are being employed as labourers. All recruits, whether tradesmen or clerks, are drilled and do a certain amount of fatigue duty before being posted to workshops or offices.