HC Deb 08 March 1938 vol 332 cc1688-9
11. Major Harvie Watt

asked the Secretary of State for War whether, in order to obviate the loss of valuable tradesmen from the postal and transportation units of the Royal Engineers, Supplementary Reserve, he can arrange to increase the age-limits for compulsory discharge from these units?

Mr. Hore-Belisha

Yes, Sir. In the case of Postal units the age limit for discharge of warrant officers, Class I, has been increased from 46 years to 50 years. In the case of transportation units specially selected tradesmen, who are now discharged at age 46, will be allowed to re-engage up to the age of 50, and thereafter, subject to War Office approval, for periods of one year at a time up to age 55.

Major Watt

Will the same concession be granted to those below the rank of warrant officer?

Mr. Hore-Belisha

That is not the question on the Paper. If it is put down, I will consider it.