35. Mr. SHIRLEY BENN
asked what bonus, if any, the Royal Naval Reserve men are entitled to receive on the completion of their term of service?
§ Dr. MACNAMARA
In ordinary circumstances the gratuity paid to Royal Naval Reserve men on completion of twenty years' service is £50. If, however, the question relates to war service, I may add that while serving during hostilities Royal Naval Reserve men are credited with a war retainer of £1 a month, one-half of which must be banked for their benefit after their discharge. If a man is discharged before completing ten months' war service, he receives a minimum sum of £5 in respect of that portion of the retainer which is banked for him. If he is retained for more than twelve months he receives, in addition to his war retainer, thirty days' pay on discharge. During war service a man, if invalided, becomes entitled to the pension or gratuity applicable to active service men.