§ Mr. F. C. THOMSON
asked the Secretary of State for War why certain students whose release slips were dispatched to commanding officers prior to the end of December are still being retained in the Army?1774W
§ Major HURST
asked the Secretary of State for War whether he will direct the immediate release from the Army of students desirous of continuing their professional education, notwithstanding their having attested after 1st January, 1916; and whether, in particular, he will so release Lance-Corporal E. J. Scarlett, No. 195934, Section 50, K (Special) Company, Royal Engineers, British Expeditionary Force, France, to enable him to study applied chemistry as holder of a three-year scholarship at the Manchester College of Technology, won in 1916 before joining His Majesty's Forces?
As many students as possible were demobilised before the issuing of Army Order 55 of 1919, which provided for the composition of the Armies of Occupation. Since the issue of this Army Order, only such students are being demobilized as are eligible for demobilisation under its provisions. The release of Corporal Scarlett is dependent on his being eligible for demobilisation under the Army Order referred to.