§ Captain DOUGLAS HALL
asked the Financial Secretary to the War Office if he has been able to make further inquiries into the rate of pay of Driver E. J. Phillips, Army Service Corps (Mechanical Transport); why Private C. White, No. 149,871, Army Service Corps 358W (Mechanical Transport), who was enlisted in the Isle of Wight at the 6s. rate in November, 1915, and is serving in France, was informed over a year afterwards that his pay was reduced to 2s. 4d. per day; and if, in order to mitigate the inequality of pay in this corps amongst drivers who joined about the same time, and the unfairness of reducing a man's pay after a long period through no fault of his own but through a possible official error, the War Office will arrange that all drivers who joined this branch of the Service during 1915 shall receive the 6s. rate?
§ Mr. FORSTER
I would refer my hon. and gallant Friend to the answer I gave him on 30th April. Driver Phillips and Private White did not apply for enlistment until after 10th November, 1915, and have, therefore, no claim to continue in receipt of pay at 6s. a day. I cannot hold out any hope of adopting the suggestion in the last part of the question.