§ Mr. Bellenger
asked the Secretary of State for War whether embodied Territorial Army soldiers serving with the Royal Engineers and drawing tradesmen's rates of pay can be compulsorily transferred to another branch of the service and the tradesmen's pay withdrawn?
§ Captain Margesson
All embodied Territorial Army soldiers with the exception of those who enlisted before 3rd April, 1939, and who did not sign the Territorial Army general service agreement form, are liable to compulsory transfer under the terms of the Armed Forces (Conditions of Service) Act, 1939. In the case of the recent transfer of Royal Engineer units to the Royal Artillery, tradesmen's rates of pay were continued for six months to soldiers who became supernumerary to requirements as tradesmen in their new corps, in order to allow them to be absorbed into a trade vacancy in the Royal Artillery or to be mustered in another trade.