HC Deb 01 July 1919 vol 117 c757

asked the Secretary for War whether, in view of the hardship caused to married men, to working men, and to members of the business community now serving in the Army by the present Regulations governing demobilisation, he will at once remove the restrictions to the speedy re lease of men whose services in civil life are urgently needed, and also of those whose family circumstances demand their presence at home?


I regret that it is not possible to depart from the Regulations at present in force governing eligibility for demobilisation. Fresh instructions have recently been issued regarding the early demobilisation of men who joined the Colours in 1914 and 1915, men over thirty-seven, and various other classes of men, who are eligible for demobilisation. If the men referred to by my Noble Friend fall within any of the categories prescribed in the new Instructions they will be dealt with accordingly. I may add that I contemplate issuing a Memorandum in the near future dealing with the changes in Army policy consequent upon the ratification of Peace.