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War Service Grants

Volume 437: debated on Thursday 8 May 1947

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asked the Minister of Defence whether he is aware that a former Regular soldier, whose particulars have been communicated to him, rejoined the Army on a voluntary short-service engagement without being given any warning that on such engagements no War Service Grants are payable; that this man's sick wife and children have, in consequence, not enough to live on; and whether, in view of the shortage of men in the Forces, he will take steps to amend the regulations to permit of grants being made in proper cases.

Men who enlist on normal Regular engagements are not entitled to war service grants, as was mace clear in paragraph 29 of the White Paper on the Post-War Pay Code (Cmd. 6715). The man in question was informed of e conditions on which he could rejoin e Forces The emoluments under the new code must be considered as a whole and it is not proposed to alter the regulations in the manner suggested.