HC Deb 09 March 1915 vol 70 cc1251-2

asked the Under-Secretary of State for War if he is aware that, in consequence of the closing of one of the base hospitals in France, certain ambulance men who signed on for the duration of the War, and who have hitherto been paid at the rate of 4s. per day, have had their engagements terminated at a week's notice, and upon their return to London were informed that they could sign on with either the Military Home Hospital Reserve or the Royal Army Medical Corps at the rate of pay of 1s. 2d. per day; and whether, as the men are all certified ambulance men, he will consider the propriety of continuing to pay them at the rate of 4s. per day?


None of the men enlisted into the Royal Army Medical Corps under the terms of special Army Order of the 4th August, 1914, at a rate of 4s. a day have been discharged on a week's notice. If my hon. Friend is referring to men employed in one of the Voluntary Hospitals, I may say that these men were not enlisted but were engaged on a purely civil contract, and paid by the Voluntary Hospitals.