§ Mr. BOWERMAN
asked the First Lord of the Admiralty if he is aware 459W that S. O. Marshall, greaser, Mercantile Marine Reserve, who was discharged from active service on 25th November, 1919, has been called upon to refund the sum of £7 10s., Navy allotment over-issued to his wife, of which no notice appears to have been taken until the man was recalled to the Royal Fleet Reserve in April, 1921; and whether he will inquire into the circumstances of the case with a view to the man being allowed to draw prize money due to him free from the above deduction?
§ Commander EYRES-MONSELL
The action initiated to adjust the over-issue of allotment to Mr. Marshall's wife had no connection with his recall for service as a Royal Fleet reservist in April, 1921, the fact of his indebtedness having been discovered some time previously on the examination of over-issues due to the rapid demobilisation of reserve ratings after the War. As regards the possibility of waiving recovery of the debt, the situation has been fully explained to the right hon. Member in the letter addressed to him from the Admiralty on the 16th March last, and I am afraid there is nothing to add to that communication.