HC Deb 23 February 1921 vol 138 cc906-7
25. Sir B. FALLE

asked the Secretary to the Admiralty if he is aware that recruits for the Military Police are being, and have been, enlisted on the promise of higher pay if they have two years' previous service and that naval service is not considered as such service, but that naval ratings are not so informed before enlisting, while service in the Royal Air Force and the Canadian Forces, but not the South African, is allowed to count; and if he can in any way explain the anomaly and the slight to the senior service and the South African service?

Sir A. WILLIAMSON (Parliamentary Secretary to the War Office)

I have been asked to reply. The hon. and gallant Member has been misinformed. Prior service in the Navy does now count towards the two years' service necessary for the increase of pay in the Military Police. Colonial service does not so qualify.