§ Mr. ALDEN
asked the Under-Secretary of State for War whether 300 men in the Labour Battalion of the Army Service Corps, all of whom have been over two years in Salonika, were re-examined and found unfit for further foreign service; whether they were sent back to Southampton, from there to Ripon, and from there to Whitchurch, in Shropshire; whether the War Office gave any proper instructions for their treatment; whether he is aware that,' since no responsibility seems to be taken for them, they have had to subsist on potatoes and bread for the Last two weeks; and what action he proposes to take?
§ Mr. MACPHERSON
I regret that owing to a mistake these men arrived home from Salonika without any informa-1574W tion having been previously given to the officer commanding the labour centre at Ripon. I am making full inquiries as to how they have been disposed of, and will communicate again with my hon. Friend later.