HC Deb 07 August 1925 vol 187 cc1706-7

asked the Secretary of State for War whether he will explain why Captain A. Harwood, Royal Army Medical Corps, who was recalled to the Service on 8th August, 1914, and gazetted to a permanent commission on 12th August. 1914, was, upon retirement on 21st November, 1920, refused assessment of his retired pay under Army Order 324; whether he is aware that, as Captain Harwood was reinstated in the Army, thereby coming under the special exception referred to in paragraph 6 of Army Order 178, of 4th May, 1920, he should be receiving £105 per annum in excess of the retired pay awarded to him under the 1914 Warrant; and whether he will now take steps to adjust Captain Harwood's retired pay accordingly?

The SECRETARY of STATE for WAR (Sir Laming Worthington-Evans)

Cap-tan Harwood's claim to retired pay on the scale laid down in Army Order 324 of 1919 has been refused because, owing to a break of more than five years in his service, he has not sufficient service to qualify under the conditions governing awards on that scale. The special exception, which is made in the Army Order quoted, in favour of officers on retired pay reinstated in the Army does not apply to Captain Harwood's case; he is only entitled to retired pay, by reserved right, under the Warrant of 1914, and I regret that I am not able to increase the award which has been made to him.