HC Deb 19 August 1919 vol 119 cc2148-9W

asked the Secretary of State for War whether men are entitled under certain conditions to apply for leave with pay and allowances for a period of one month sanctioned by War Office No. A.C.L. 851 of L918; whether in some cases this is granted and in others refused when the qualifications are similar; whether leave with pay and allowances has been refused to M/C Corporal C. R. Kent. No. 574239, Royal Engineers, on the grounds that he did not apply before demobilisation, whereas it has been granted to another man in exactly the same circumstances and who was serving in the same regiment; and why differentiations of this kind are made?


One month's leave in addition to twenty-eight days' demobilisation furlough is granted to warrant officers, non-commissioned officers and men who have completed their engagements and been retained, in the service under the Military service Acts. In. cases where no claim for this leave has been made till after discharge or demobilisation, the extra month is not granted. A soldier will not be considered to become entitled to a month's leave under Army Council Instruction 851 of 1918, if his time expires during his twenty-eight days demobilisation furlough. Inquiries are being made regarding the case referred to in the latter part of the question, and my hon. Friend will be informed of the result as soon as possible.