HC Deb 18 March 1919 vol 113 cc1928-9W
Lieutenant-Colonel Sir J. NORTON GRIFFITHS

asked the Secretary of State for War whether men who attested in 1915 in Territorial units have preference over men who attested at the same time but not at a Territorial depot, although both are serving in the same Territorial unit; and, if so, whether he will take steps to have this rectified?


I presume my hon. and gallant Friend refers to preference in demobilisation. If such is the case, the determining factor is whether a man joined for immediate service after being, attested, and his position as regards priority for demobilisation is not affected by the place of his attestation.


asked the Secretary of State for War whether Territorial Force officers and men of long service have been sent to do garrison duty overseas long after the cessation of hostilities; and, if so, whether, in view of the Government's promise that all Territorials should be brought home at the earliest possible moment, he will take steps to have these officers and men demobilised at the earliest possible moment?


Only such officers and men as have volunteered or are eligible for retention under Army Order 55 of 1919 have been drafted overseas since the publication of that Army Order. A small number of personnel eligible for demobilisation may have been sent to France between the signing of the Armistice and the date on which the Army Order was issued. Such as are eligible for demobilisation are being demobilised as rapidly as the exigencies of the Service and transport facilities permit.