HC Deb 11 January 1916 vol 77 cc1446-7

asked whether time-expired men at the front are at present given the option of returning home or of remaining with the Colours for a further period of four years; and, if that is the fact, whether he will consider the advisability of giving to such men the option of remaining, not for four years, but for the period of the War?


I presume the hon. Member is referring to the Territorial Force. The declaration made by a Territorial soldier on re engagement provides for a further period of four years from the end of the time for which he is now liable in the Force, in the same manner and under the same conditions in all respects as those under which he is now serving, provided that if the end of the War should occur within the above-mentioned period of four years he shall, on such termination of the War, be given a free discharge from the Territorial Force with all convenient speed. I will send the hon. Member a copy of the form.