§ 17. Major W. MURRAY
asked the Secretary of State for War whether he is aware that certain men were enlisted during the War as privates in the Royal Army Medical Corps for home service only; what pay and allowances these men receive, and by whom they are paid; whether their demobilisation is now arranged; and what bounty or gratuity they will receive on discharge?
§ Mr. FORSTER
I presume the hon. and gallant Member is referring to the men who were formerly employed as asylum attendants, etc., under the boards of guardians, and who were enlisted pro forma on the institutions being taken over as military hospitals. These men are not entitled to Army rates of pay and allowances, but have continued to be paid as before enlistment at civilian rates of pay by the Asylums Committee, who have recovered the cost from the War Department. Their demobilisation is now being arranged. They are not entitled to bounty or gratuity on discharge, as such gratuities are, payable only to men who have drawn Army rates of pay.