HC Deb 19 May 1919 vol 116 c59W

asked the Secretary of State for War whether he is aware that in connection with demobilisation the field ambulances consider they are being overlooked, and for many weeks not a single man has been discharged from some of the units; whether there are a very large number of 1914 and 1915 men waiting to be demobilised; and whether, under these circumstances, he will ensure that they receive at least equal treatment with other branches of the Army?

Captain GUEST

The Regulations governing demobilisation apply to all corps, but, as I have already stated in this House, personnel of the administrative branches of the Service, which includes the Royal Army Medical Corps are liable to temporary retention as part of the military machinery of demobilisation until their services can be spared or they can be replaced. Men so retained are being replaced as rapidly as possible by men who are not eligible for demobilisation. I may add that senior officers have been appointed to inspect registers of units with. a view to ensuring that no officers or men who are eligible for demobilisation are being retained without good and sufficient cause. The last part of the question therefore does not arise.