§ 40. Mr. ROWLANDS
asked whether the War Office has been advertising to enlist at 5s. a day; if, in response to the adver- 1271 tisement, Saddler S. Beale, 121301, No. 4 depot, Royal Field Artillery, enlisted, was examined, and his certificate given him as a skilled workman, and was then attached to the 21st battery, Royal Field Artillery; whether the serjeant-major told him he would only be paid 2s. a day, the unskilled rate of pay, which Beale declined to accept and he was then discharged; and is it with the authority of the War Office that faith is not kept with this man?
§ Mr. FORSTER
The man referred to by my hon. Friend enlisted as a specially enlisted saddler on the 17th November last at 5s. a day, and failing to pass the trade test was discharged on 15th December, services no longer required. He was never finally approved.
§ Mr. ROWLANDS
Is the hon. Gentleman aware that the man was examined and given his certificate as a skilled workman, that before he enlisted he had been employed in some of the largest West End firms on the best work for officers' saddles, and that other men who have enlisted are getting the full pay as advertised?
§ Dr. ADDISON
It depends where the man works. But if my hon. Friend will communicate any information that he has bearing on the case, I will inquire into it.