HC Deb 07 May 1919 vol 115 cc893-4
70. Lieutenant-Colonel Sir J. NORTON GRIFFITHS

asked the Secretary of State for War what steps it is proposed to take with reference to the demobilisation of long-service men in Egypt and Palestine, particularly in the case of signallers in the Royal Engineers?


The demobilisation of all men in Egypt and Palestine who are eligible under current instructions, is proceeding as rapidly as circumstances permit, but I would remind my hon. and gallant Friend that personnel of the Royal Engineers, though eligible for demobilisation; are liable to be temporarily retained as part of the military machinery of demobilisation. Men thus retained are being released as soon as their services can be spared or they can be replaced. Senior officers have been appointed to inspect unit registers with a view to ensuring that no officer or man who is eligible for demobilisation is retained without good and sufficient cause.


With reference to the Royal Engineers, will that cover field companies whose detention is necessary for the purpose of demobilisation?


Yes, Sir.