HC Deb 11 June 1917 vol 94 cc625-6W

asked the Under-Secretary of State for War whether Private F. C. Mills, No. 9307, C.S.M., T) Company, 7th Worcestershires, was granted leave of absence on agricultural furlough to permit of his digging and planting an allotment and has been called on to refund his pay and separation or family allowance on the ground that the work in question was on his own allotment and not for an employer; whether such a decision is in order; and, if so, whether, in view of the food shortage, fresh regulations can at once be issued for the removal of such restrictions and penalties?


When men are given furlough to work on farms of which they are the owners or tenant farmers no Army-pay or allowances are credited. The man's Army pay and allowances are regarded as included in his civil earnings for the period of the furlough, and no separation or family allowance is issued. The same rule applies to allotments.