HC Deb 21 April 1926 vol 194 cc1297-301

In Section one hundred and thirty-eight of the Army Act (which relates to penal stoppages from the ordinary pay of soldiers), at the end of the proviso, there shall be added:

(d) where a soldier has made an allotment from his ordinary pay for the support of any dependant, penal deductions from his ordinary pay shall be made only from the portion of his ordinary pay not so allotted. — [Lieut.-Colonel Watts-Morgan.]

Brought up, and read the First time.

Lieut.-Colonel WATTS-MORGAN

I beg to move, "'That the Clause be read a Second time."

On behalf of my hon. Friend the Member for Limehouse (Mr. Attlee) I move this Clause. I do not propose to offer any words in the way of explanation. I think that in any case where an allotment has been offered by the soldier to his family at home it is very necessary arid desirable that it should be carried out. I hope that on that ground alone the hon. and gallant Member in charge

of the Bill will see his way to accept the Clause and that any reductions in pay that are made shall not be made from the allotment.

Captain KING

I regret that we cannot accept this Clause. I would remind the hon. and gallant Member for East Rhondda (Lieut.-Colonel Watts-Morgan) who has moved it that we have already, since this time last year, gone quite three-fourths of the way we are asked to go. At this time last year an allotment could cease altogether if a man was owing a debt which amounted to a period of three months' pay. We have now gone into that matter, and the soldier is already placed in a very much more favourable position than the civilian in ordinary life. The family of the civilian has to bear his mistake. I regret that it is impossible to accept this Clause.

Question put,"That the Clause be read a Second time."

The Committee divided: Ayes, 114 Noes, 260.

Division No. 191.] AYES. [8.10 p.m.
Adamson, Rt. Hon. W. (File, West) Hall, F. (York, W. R., Normanton) Sitch, Charles H.
Alexander, A. V. (Sheffield, Hillsbro') Hall, G. H. (Merthyr Tydvil) Slesser, Sir Henry H.
Barker. G. (Monmouth, Abertillery) Hartshorn, Rt. Hon. Vernon Smillie, Robert
Barnes, A. Hayday, Arthur Smith, Ben (Bermondsey, Rotherhithe)
Barr, J. Hayes, John Henry Smith, H. B. Lees (Keighley)
Batey, Joseph Hirst, G. H. Snowden, Rt. Hon. Philip
Bowerman, Rt. Hon. Charles W. Hirst, W. (Bradford, South) Spencer, G. A. (Broxtowe)
Broad, F. A. Hudson, J. H. (Huddersfield) Spoor, Rt. Hon. Benjamin Charles
Bromley, J. Jenkins, W. (Glamorgan, Neath) Stamford, T. W.
Brown, James (Ayr and Bute) Jones, Henry Haydn (Merioneth) Stephen, Campbell
Buchanan, G. Jones, Morgan (Caerphilly) Stewart, J. (St. Rolfox)
Buxton, Rt. Hon. Noel Kelly, W. T. Sullivan, Joseph
Cape, Thomas Kennedy, T, Sutton. J. E.
Charleton, H. C. Kenyon, Barnet Thomas, Rt. Hon. James H. (Derby)
Clowes, S. Lee, F. Thomson, Trevelyan (Middlesbro. W.)
Cluse, W. S. Livingstone, A. M. Thorne, W. (West Ham, Plaistow)
Clynes, Rt. Hon. John R. Lowth, T. Thurtle, E.
Connolly, M. Lunn, William Tinker, John Joseph
Cove, W. G. MacDonald, Rt. Hon. J. R. (Aberavon) Townend, A. E.
Cowan, D. M. (Scottish Universities) Mac Neill-Weir, L. Viant, S. P.
Davies, Evan (Ebbw Vale) March, S. Wallhead, Richard C.
Davies, Rhys John (Westhoughton) Montague, Frederick Walsh, Rt. Hon. Stephen
Davison, J. E. (Smethwick) Morrison, R. C. (Tottenham, N.) Watson, W. M. (Dunfermline)
Dennison, R. Murnin, H. Watts-Morgan. Lt.-Col. D. (Rhondda)
Duncan, C. Naylor, T. E. Webb, Rt. Hon. Sidney
Edwards, John H. (Accrington) Oliver, George Harold Wedgwood, Rt. Hon. Josiah
Evans, Capt. Ernest (Welsh Univer.) Owen, Major G. Whiteley, W.
Fenby, T. D. Palin, John Henry Wiggins, William Martin
Garro-Jones, Captain G. M. Paling, W. Williams, David (Swansea, East)
Gillett, George M. Pethick-Lawrence, F. W. Williams, Dr. J. H. (Llanelly)
Gosling, Harry Potts, John S. Williams, T. (York, Don Valley)
Graham, D. M. (Lanark, Hamilton) Richardson, R. (Houghton-le-Spring) Wilson, C. H. (Sheffield, Attercliffe)
Greenwood, A. (Nelson and Colne) Riley, Ben Wilson, R. J. (Jarrow)
Grenfell, D. R, (Glamorgan) Ritson, J. Windsor, Walter
Griffiths, T. (Monmouth, Pontypool) Saklatvala, Shapurji Wright, W.
Groves, T. Salter, Dr. Alfred Young, Robert (Lancaster, Newton)
Grundy, T. W. Scrymgeour, E.
Guest, J. (York, Hemsworth) Shiels, Dr. Drummond TELLERS FOR THE AYES.
Guest, Dr. L. Haden (Southwark, N.) Short, Alfred (Wednesbury) Mr. T, Henderson and Mr. Warne.
Acland-Troyte, Lieut.-Colonel Fielden, E. B. Manningham-Buller, Sir Mervyn
Agg-Gardner, fit. Hon. Sir James T. Ford, Sir P. J. Meller, R. J.
Alexander, E. E. (Leyton) Forrest, W. Merriman, F. B.
Applin, Colonel R. V. K. Fraser, Captain Ian Meyer, Sir Frank
Ashley, Lt.-Col. Rt. Hon. Wilfrid W. Fremantle, Lieut.-Colonel Francis E. Milne, J. S. Wardlaw-
Astbury, Lieut.-Commander F. W. Gadle, Lieut.-Colonel Anthony Mitchell, S. (Lanark, Lanark)
Astor, Maj. Hn. John J. (Kent, Dover) Galbraith, J. F, W. Mitchell, Sir W. Lane (Streatham)
Astor, Viscountess Gates, Percy Monsell, Eyres, Com. Rt. Hon. B, M.
Atkinson, C. Gault, Lieut.-Col. Andrew Hamilton Morrison, H. (Wilts, Salisbury)
Baldwin, Rt. Hon. Stanley Gibbs, Col. Rt. Hon. George Abraham Morrison-Bell, Sir Arthur Clive
Balfour, George (Hampstead) Gilmour, Lt.-Col. Rt. Hon. Sir John Murchison, C. K.
Balniel, Lord Glyn, Major R. G. C. Nail, Lieut.-Colonel Sir Joseph
Banks, Reginald Mitchell Golf, Sir Park Neville, R. J.
Barclay-Harvey, C. M. Gower, Sir Robert Newman, Sir R. H. S. D. L. (Exeter)
Barnett, Major Sir Richard Grant, J. A. Newton, Sir D. G. C. (Cambridge)
Barnston, Major Sir Harry Grattan-Doyle, Sir N. Nicholson, O. (Westminster)
Beamish, Captain T. P. H. Greene, W. P. Crawford Nicholson, Col. Rt. Hn. W. G. (Ptrsf'ld.)
Beckett, Sir Gervase (Leeds, N.) Gretton, Colonel John Nuttall, Ellis
Benn, Sir A. S. (Plymouth, Drake) Gunston, Captain D. W. Oakley, [...].
Bethel, A. Hacking, Captain Douglas H. O'Connor, T. J. (Bedford, Luton)
Betterton, Henry B. Hall, Lieut.-Col. Sir F. (Dulwich) Pennefather, Sir John
Blundell, F. N. Hall, Capt. W. D'A. (Brecon & Rad.) Penny, Frederick George
Bowater, Sir T. Vansittart Hammersley, S. S. Perring, Sir William George
Brassey, Sir Leonard Hannon, Patrick Joseph Henry Peto, Basil E. (Devon, Barnstaple)
Bridgeman, Rt. Hen. William Clive Harland, A. Peto, G. (Somerset, Frome)
Briggs, J. Harold Harmsworth, Hon. E. C. (Kint) Pilditch, Sir Philip
Briscoe, Richard George Harrison, G. J. C. Power, Sir John Cecil
Brocklebank, C. E. R. Hartington, Marquess of Pownall, Lieut.-Colonel Assheton
Brooke, Brigadier-General C. R. I. Harvey, G. (Lambeth, Kennington) Preston, William
Broun-Lindsay, Major H. Harvey, Majors. E. (Devon, Totnes) Price, Major C. W. M.
Brown, Brig.-Gen. H. C. (Berks, Newb'y) Haslam, Henry C. Raine, W.
Bull, Rt. Hon. Sir William James Henderson, Lieut.-Col. V. L. (Bootle) Rawson, Sir Alfred Cooper
Bullock, Captain M. Heneage, Lieut.-Col. Arthur P. Reid, Capt. A. S. C. (Warrington)
Burgoyne, Lieut.-Colonel Sir Alan Henn, Sir Sydney H. Rice, Sir Frederick
Burman, J. B. Hennessy, Major J. R. G. Roberts, E. H. G. (Flint)
Burton, Colonel H. W. Herbert, Dennis (Hertford, Watford) Ropner, Major L.
Butler, Sir Geoffrey Hills, Major John Waller Ruggles-Brise, Major E. A.
Butt, Sir Alfred Hilton, Cecil Russell, Alexander West (Tynemouth)
Campbell, E. T. Hogg, Rt. Hon. Sir D. (St. Marylebone) Rye, F. G.
Cassels, J. D. Holt, Captain H. P. Salmon. Major I.
Cayzer, sir C (Chester, City) Hope, Sir Harry (Forfar) Samuel, A. M (Surrey, Farnham)
Cayzer, Maj, Sir Herbt. R. (Prtsmth, S.) Hopkins, J. W. W. Samuel, Samuel (W'dsworth, Putney)
Cecil, Rt. Hon. Sir Evelyn (Aston) Hopkinson, A. (Lancaster, Mossley) Sanders, Sir Robert A.
Chapman, Sir S. Horlick, Lieut.-Colonel J. N. Sanderson, Sir Frank
Charteris, Brigadier-General J. Hudson, Capt. A. U. M, (Hackney, N.) Sandon, Lord
Christie, J. A. Hudson, R. S. (Cumberl'nd, Whiteh'n) Sassoon, Sir Philip Albert Gustave D.
Churchman, Sir Arthur C. Hume, Sir G. H. Savery, S. S.
Clarry, Reginald George Hurd, Percy A. Shaw, Lt.-Col. A. D Mcl. (Renfrew, W)
Clayton, G. C. Hutchison. G. A. Clark (Midl'n & P'bl's) Shaw, Capt. W, W. (Wilts, Westb'y)
Colfox, Major Wm. Phillips Inskip, Sir Thomas Walker H. Simms, Or. John M. (Co. Down)
Conway, Sir W, Martin Jackson, Lieut.-Colonel Hon. F. S. Skelton, A. N.
Cope, Major William Jackson, Sir H. (Wandsworth, Cen'l) Slaney, Major P. Kenyon
Couper, J. B. Jephcott, A. R. Smith, R. W. (Aberd'n & Kinc'dine, C.)
Cowan, Sir Wm. Henry (Islington, N.) Kennedy, A. R. (Preston) Smith-Carington, Neville W.
Craig, Ernest (Chester, Crewe) Kidd, J. (Linlithgow) Smithers, Waldron
Craik, Rt. Hon. Sir Henry Kindersley, Major G. M. Sprot, Sir Alexander
Crooke, J. Smedley (Deritend) King, Captain Henry Douglas Stanley, Col. Hon. G. F.(Will'sden, E.)
Crookshank, Col. C. de W. (Berwick) Kinloch-Cooke, Sir Clement Stanley, Lord (Fylde)
Crookshank, Cpt. H. (Lindsey, Gainsbro) Knox, Sir Alfred Stanley, Hon. O. F. G. (Westm'eland)
Cunliffe, Sir Herbert Lane Fox, Col. Rt. Hon. George R. Steel, Major Samuel Strang
Curtis-Bennett, Sir Henry Leigh, Sir John (Clapham) Storry-Deans, R.
Curzon, Captain Viscount Lloyd, Cyril E. (Dudley) Strickland, Sir Gerald
Dalkeith, Earl of Locker-Lampson, G. (Wood Green) Stuart, Crichton-, Lord C.
Davidson, J. (Hertf'd, Hemel Hempst'd) Locker-Lampson, Com. O. (Handsw'th) Stuart, Hon. J. (Moray and Nairn)
Davidson, Major-General Sir J. H. Loder, J. de V. Sykes, Major-Gen. Sir Frederick H.
Davies, Dr. Vernon Lord, Walter Greaves- Tasker, Major R. Inigo
Davies, Sir Thomas (Cirencester) Lougher, L. Thorn, Lt.-Col. J. G. (Dumbarton)
Davison, Sir W. H. (Kensington, S.) Luce, Major-Gen. Sir Richard Harman Thompson, Luke (Sunderland)
Dawson, Sir Philip Lumley, L. R. Thomson, F. C. (Aberdeen, South)
Dixey, A. C. Lynn, Sir Robert J. Titchfield, Major the Marquess of
Drewe, C. Mac Andrew, Major Charles Glen Tryon, Rt. Hon. George Clement
Duckworth, John Macdonald, Capt. P. D. (I. of W.) Vaugnan-Morgan, Col. K. P.
Edmondson, Major A. J. Macdonald, R. (Glasgow, Cathcart) Waddington, R.
Ellis, R. G. McLean, Major A. Wallace, Captain D. E.
Elveden, Viscount Macmillan, Captain H. Ward, Lt.-Col. A.L.(Kingston-on-Hull)
England, Colonel A, Macnaghten, Hon. Sir Malcolm Warner, Brigadier-General W. W.
Erskine, Lord (Somerset, Weston-s.-M.) McNeill, Rt. Hon. Ronald John Watson, Rt. Hon. W. (Carlisle)
Erskine, James Malcolm Monteith Macquisten, F. A. Watts, Dr. T.
Everard, W. Lindsay MacRobert, Alexander M. Wells, S. R.
Fairfax, Captain J. G. Maitland, Sir Arthur D. Steel White, Lieut.-Colonel G. Dairymple
Faile, Sir Bertram G. Makins, Brigadier-General E. Williams, A. M. (Cornwall, Northern)
Fermoy, Lord Malone, Major P. B. Williams, Com. C. (Devon, Torquay)
Wilson, Sir C. H. (Leeds, Central) Withers, John James Yerburgh, Major Robert D. T.
Wilson, R. R. (Stafford, Lichfield) Wolmer, Viscount
Winby, Colonel L. P. Womersley, W. J. TELLERS FOR THE NOES.
Windsor-Clive, Lieut.-Colonel George Wood, E. (Chest'r, Stalyb'ge & Hyde) Major Sir Harry Barnston and
Winterton, Rt. Hon. Earl Wood, Sir Kingsley (Woolwich, W.) Captain Bowyer.
Wise, Sir Fredric Worthington-Evans, Rt. Hon. Sir L,

It being after a Quarter-past Eight of the Clock, further Proceeding was postponed without Question put, pursuant to Standing Order No. 4.