HC Deb 15 May 1919 vol 115 c1784W

asked the Secretary of State for War if he will state, with regard to the case of men over thirty-seven, why these men are still being retained in the Army, and especially men in the plumbing and building trades, whose work at home is so much needed?

Captain GUEST

The demobilisation of all men over thirty-seven, except those who are serving under pre-war conditions, and whose term of Colour service is not completed, is proceeding as rapidly as the exigencies of the Service permit. As I have already stated in the House, senior officers have been appointed to inspect unit registers with a view to ensuring that no officers or men who are eligible for demobilisation are being retained without good and sufficient cause.