§ Mr. T. Smith
asked the First Lord of the Admiralty whether his attention has been drawn to the case of Ronald Gordon Harvey, Leading Supply Assistant, D/MX 54654; whether he is aware that this rating has recently been invalided from the service, and that apart from £2 paid to him to proceed on a month's invaliding leave, he has received no pay since the 21st August; whether he will explain the reasons for this lengthy delay, and if payment will now be expedited?
§ Mr. Shakespeare
Leading Supply Assistant Robert Gordon Harvey was invalided from the service on 31st January, and a final pay settlement was made to him on 23rd February by the naval authorities concerned. The statement that no payment was made to Harvey since 21st August, other than the £2 to which the hon. Member refers, is being investigated, but I would point out that it was always open to Harvey to apply for further advances of pay.