HC Deb 15 May 1916 vol 82 cc1119-20

(by Private Notice) asked the Financial Secretary to the War Office if he can now state the scale of bounties which it is proposed to give to time-expired soldiers retained in or recalled to the Army under the Military Service Bill?


Bounties will be given to men, the depots of whose units are in the United Kingdom, who having become time-expired since the outbreak of war are now recalled to or retained in the Service on the following general lines:

Men of short service, e.g., Territorials, Special Reserve £15
Men of thirteen years' service or upwards £20
Men of twenty-two years' service or upwards £25

As the House will see, these are bounties of a very generous kind.

As regards men retained in the Service, the bounty may be drawn as to one-third in cash, the balance being paid, with interest at 5 per cent., on the man's death or discharge from the Service.

Men who have left but are now recalled to the Service will have the option of drawing the whole or any part of the bounty in cash on being called up, any balance undrawn being treated as above.

Men who on being called up are passed into the Reserve and returned to civil employment will not be eligible for the bounty unless or until they are called up for military service.