HC Deb 26 March 1919 vol 114 cc397-8

asked the Secretary of State for War whether he is aware of the general discontent on the question of demobilisation; whether men who enlisted in 1916 are being retained in Mesopotamia and Salonika for a fourth summer; whether men over forty-one are not being released; and whether he will give an assurance that the demobilisation of all troops outside Europe shall be expedited and be given priority over all other movements of troops?

Captain GUEST

Men who enlisted in 1916 are not eligible for demobilisation unless they fall within certain categories set out in Army Order 55 of 1919. Those who are eligible are being demobilised as rapidly as circumstances permit, and there is no reason to believe that this is not the case with men over forty-one.