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Discharge Categories

Volume 411: debated on Tuesday 29 May 1945

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asked the Secretary of State for War why men in category A1when joining the Army are now being discharged as being in BX2 with 14 days' leave, whereas others in C1 or C2 are discharged with 56 days' leave; and whether he is aware that the difference in treatment is causing dissatisfaction.

Other ranks whose terminal leave on discharge begins on or after 8th May will in general receive 56 days' leave on full pay unless they are discharged on voluntary termination of full pay service, or to enter the Navy or the Air Force, or on appointment to a commission or for misconduct. This also applies to officers.

Does that also apply to those who are discharged on medical grounds?

I think the Question refers to people who are discharged on medical or quasi-medical grounds. Perhaps the hon. Member will study the answer in relation to the Question and, if necessary, put down another Question.

Is it not the case that this period of leave on full pay is intended to supplement the gratuity, in which case should not every soldier have it?

I could not hear the question very well. Perhaps my hon. and gallant Friend will put it down.