asked the Secretary of State for Air why W. E. Cool, No. 240453, Royal Air Force, demobilised in February last, has not received his gratuity; whether he was first informed by the Woking paymaster that he was in debt to the extent of £10 15s. 11d., later that the debt was £11 16s. 5d., and later still received a statement saying that it was £15 17s. 11d., as far as could be ascertained; whether he has been told that a £10 gratuity and £l for services are due to him and that in each of the different statements sent him, Cool has been informed that it was the final adjustment; whether Cool has stated that he never contracted any debt and never saw his pay-book after his arrival in India and, having regard to these facts, will he direct that Cool receives hid gratuity forthwith?
§ Mr. CHURCHILL
I have sent a letter to my hon. Friend giving a full explanation of this case. If it is desired, I will also cause the reply to be printed in the OFFICIAL REPORT.