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Short-Service Commissions (Gratuities)

Volume 485: debated on Thursday 22 March 1951

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asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Admiralty by what amount gratuities, payable to officers on termination of short-service commissions, are being increased in respect of their compulsory retention in the service; and whether the gratuity for the original commission is payable at the end thereof, or whether it is being withheld until the end of the additional period of service.

With regard to the first part of the Question, I would refer the hon. and gallant Member to the reply given by my right hon. Friend the Minister of Defence to a Question addressed to him by the hon. Member for Lewisham, West (Mr. H. Price), yesterday. The gratuity is payable at the end of the original commission.