HC Deb 04 March 1918 vol 103 cc1728-9W

asked the Secretary to the Admiralty whether Royal Army Corps officers previously attached to the Royal Flying Corps have now been transferred to the Air Force in this country; and, if not, why this has not been done?


Royal Army Medical Corps officers are not under the Admiralty. If my hon. and gallant Friend means Royal Naval medical officers previously attached to the Royal Naval Air Service, the answer is that they have not been transferred to the Air Force. On the completion of the medical arrangements for the Air Force, the necessary Royal Naval medical officers will be lent to that force as circumstances demand.


asked the Under-secretary of State for War whether an officer of the Royal Army Medical Corps serving on a one-year agreement is entitled to refuse to renew that agreement, and, if serving abroad, can insist on his being sent home at the end of his term; is he aware that officers serving in France are informed that, if they refuse to renew their agreements, they will not be sent home, but will come under the operation of the Military Service Act as soon as they reach the base; and whether medical officers who have given one, two, or three years' service have an equal right to have their cases considered by the medical committees or by the tribunals with those who have never served at all?


All officers serving on a yearly contract have a right to refuse to renew that contract until they have had an opportunity of exercising their right of appeal to a tribunal. Nothing is known at the War Office of the procedure in France referred to.