HC Deb 24 November 1948 vol 458 c1243
46. Mr. Wingfield Digby

asked the Minister of Defence what has been the average cost to those Service men who have obtained their discharge by purchase, since the reintroduction of this practice after the war, excluding all discharges that have been given free.

The Minister of Defence (Mr. A. V. Alexander)

About £60, Sir.

Mr. Digby

Does not the Minister consider that this amount is rather high in view of the present rates of Service pay?

Mr. Alexander

Certainly not in relation to today's costs of the technical training of men in the Services. I might add that the amount at present being paid on discharge seems to be no deterrent to applicants.

Commander Noble

Would the Minister consider granting special terms to boys who joined the Navy in the early days of the war before they were able to join on short enlistment?

Mr. Alexander

I would not like to go beyond the present practice of dealing compassionately with compassionate cases.