HC Deb 01 July 1919 vol 117 cc759-60

asked the Secretary for War whether all soldiers authorised for retention on the land are being brought under the terms of Army Order 299 of 1918, under which their families "will not be entitled to separation allowances, and, if so, under what authority; whether he is aware that these soldiers cannot have their families with them owing to the great shortage of cottages, and consequently the separation allowance is a vital necessity; and whether, in these circumstances, either the separation allowance will be granted or the soldiers will be allowed to return to their former civil employment?


The answer to the first part of my hon. and gallant Friend's question is in the affirmative. The terms offered to soldiers authorised for retention on agriculture are issued under the authority of the Government. All such soldiers who are not demobilisable have an option to return to the Colours if they prefer to do so.


Has the right hon. Gentleman considered the conditions and difficulties of these soldiers because they have not enough to live on with their families?


I am not aware that there is any injustice contemplated or done. The soldiers referred to get the full civilian rates of pay.

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