§ 69. Mr. RENDALL
asked the Financial Secretary to the War Office, with reference to his answer on the 25th of February to the hon. Member for Gloucester (Thornbury), that £25 or £15, according to whether a soldier has served overseas, is given on discharge as a gratuity, why the regimental paymaster, No. 1, York Cavalry, has refused Sergeant H. A. Mills any gratuity on the ground that he received full civil emoluments from his employers (the Post Office) whilst with the Colours; on what order such refusal is based; are gratuities refused when non-Government employers have granted civil emoluments; and why should any difference in treatment be made between the two?
§ Mr. CHURCHILL
I am already inquiring into the case of Sergeant Mills, but if he has been in receipt of full civil pay from the Post Office, he will, in accordance with the Government decision, not be entitled to war gratuity.
§ Mr. RENDALL
Why was the statement made that all soldiers got a gratuity of £25 or £15 according to whether they served at home or abroad if that is not true unless qualified?