HC Deb 04 July 1918 vol 107 cc1865-6W

asked the Under-Secretary of State for War whether, in view of the fact that some members of the Labour Companies at the front who volunteered for the work have now been in France for nearly four years, he will consider the possibility of bringing home these men for Army work at home, and substituting them by others who have not yet crossed the Channel?


Arrangements already exist for the return to England of men who have become war worn through long service overseas, provided that such a course is considered desirable by the Field-Marshal Commanding-in-Chief, and that their places can be adequately filled.


asked the Undersecretary of State for War if he is aware that the Army Service Corps Labour Companies are not in receipt of the award of 6d. per day, which is still being deducted from their pay for compulsory allotment, although paid to other units, neither are they being paid the extra 1d. per day for each year's completed service; and why a distinction is made between Labour Companies and other units serving in France and elsewhere?


I presume the hon. Member is referring to the men of the Army Service Corps Labour Companies, who are in receipt of a special rate of pay. Such men are ineligible for the increases granted by Army Order No. 1 of 1918. They may, however, elect to draw ordinary rates of pay and the benefits of the Army Order, if these are more advantageous than their present special rates.