65. Mr. William Teeing
asked the Secretary of State for War whether he will give an assurance that a man who reaches his age plus service group date for demobilisation and is not for any Service reason compelled to remain on in the Forces, is entitled to 56 days' pay and allowances plus extra time for service abroad, in addition to, and separate from, gratuity; and that if he of his own free will signs on again with the Forces for a further period, and during that period is granted permission to leave the Forces in order to take up a civilian job, he will no longer be deprived of his 56 days' pay and allowances, plus time for service abroad, to which he has become entitled before he signed on for the further period.
§ Mr. Bellenger
It is confirmed that a soldier who leaves the Army at the date fixed for the release of his age and service group receives the benefits referred to in the first part of the Question. A soldier who voluntarily defers his release for one of the authorised periods will receive the same benefits, even if he is released for any reason before the end of the deferment period, provided that the opening date for the release of his age and service group has been reached.