§ Viscount WOLMER
asked the Secretary of State for War whether he is aware that a number of soldiers who enlisted in 1914 and time-expired Regular soldiers are among the troops that have been sent to Tiflis; and whether he will make arrangements for these men to be demobilised at once and their places taken by men eligible for the Army of Occupation?
I am aware of this. Soldiers who are eligible for demobilisation under the recent Army Orders, providing for the composition of the Armies of Occupation, will be demobilised as the exigencies of the Service and transportation facilities permit. These Array Orders are already in force, and the soldiers referred to come within the classes eligible for demobilisation, but there has not yet been sufficient time to carry the Orders fully into effect. My Noble and gallant Friend will no doubt appreciate this, and also the difficulties connected with transportation from outlying theatres.