§ 13. Mr. BOYTON
asked the Under-Secretary of State for War if a time-expired non-commissioned officer of a Territorial regiment on being recalled to the Colours will retain the rank with which he was discharged, or, if not, would it be the case if he were called up from Section D of the Reserve?
§ 22. Sir J. D. REES
asked the Under-Secretary of State for War whether noncommissioned officers who are now recalled to the Colours will be re-entertained in the rank they previously enjoyed, and in the same branch of the Service?
§ 70. Mr. WATSON
asked the Under-Secretary of State for War if time-expired men recalled to the Colours under the Military Service Bill will be permitted to rejoin their old regiments?
§ Mr. TENNANT
The intention is to treat ex-non-commissioned officers who are recalled to the Colours from civilian life in exactly the same way as they would have been treated if they had been recalled from the Reserve, i.e., they will rejoin with the rank they held on discharge. Time-expired men will as far as possible be sent to their former regiment or corps, but no guarantee of this can be given.
§ Mr. ASHLEY
Will the same just treatment be meted out to men who attained officers' rank in the South African War, and were recalled to the Colours?
§ 15. Mr. SAMUEL ROBERTS
asked the Under - Secretary of State for War whether, in the cases of time-expired men under the new Military Service Bill, they will be allowed an extra leave before commencing their new period of service?
§ Mr. TENNANT
I believe that my right hon. Friend the President of the Local Government Board will make a statement on this matter in Committee to-day.
§ 21. Mr. W. THORNE
asked the Under-Secretary of State for War whether, under the new Military Service Bill, time-expired men of military age who served a number of years in the Volunteer Force who enlisted in the Regular Army for the duration of the South African War and saw active service, and ultimately received an Army discharge certificate, will be liable to be called up for service?