HC Deb 03 July 1919 vol 117 cc1147-8

asked the First Lord of the Admiralty whether he is aware that Lieut.-Commander H. E. Sanders, Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve, was demobilised on 17th February, 1919; that he applied for his war gratuity on 22nd March, and again on 23rd May, and that he has received no reply to his applications; whether he can state why there has been such delay in the payment of this gratuity; and whether he is aware of the general dissatisfaction at the delay in the payment of claims among the officers of the Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve who have been demobilised?


Owing to a misunderstanding as to the demobilisation having become effective, it is regretted that delay has occurred in this case, but steps have been taken to pay the gratuity in full to-day. As regards the last part of the question, I have no reason to believe that general dissatisfaction exists. I know that numerous letters have been received from Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve officers expressing their appreciation of the speedy manner in which their claims have been dealt with.