HC Deb 25 July 1939 vol 350 cc1235-6
38. Mr. De Chair

asked the Secretary of State for War how many other ranks have bought themselves out of the Army since the regulation was introduced which prevents officers from resigning their commissions; and whether he will introduce a similar regulation to prevent other ranks from leaving the Army at a time of national emergency?

Mr. Hore-Belisha

The answer to the first part of the question, according to the latest information I have, is 307. As regards the second part of the question, I will invite the Army Council to consider the matter.

Mr. De Chair

Is it not rather inappropriate that at the present time of national emergency people in the Army should be able to buy themselves out by the simple expedient of putting down £35?

Mr. Hore-Belisha

I have said that I will invite the Army Council to consider my hon. Friend's proposal.