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Short Service Scheme

Volume 463: debated on Tuesday 5 April 1949

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asked the Secretary of State for War whether he has any further statement to make on the short service bounty scheme which it was proposed to terminate.

In the course of the Debate on the Army Estimates my hon. Friend stated, in reply to a question by the hon. Member, that the type "A" short service scheme was terminating. As the hon. Member has been informed, this was the intention at the time when the Estimates were prepared. Since my hon. Friend made his statement, however, the matter has been reconsidered. I have now decided that it would be preferable not to discontinue the scheme at present.