§ 32. Mr. NIELD
asked the Under-Secretary of State for War whether he is aware that, although the Royal Bucks Hussars (Territorials) have been absent abroad on active service for some seven weeks past, no pay has been distributed to the men since they left England; whether he will state the reason for this delay; and if he will take steps to ensure payment of arrears being made at once; and ensure that future pay shall be forthcoming regularly and promptly when the same is due?
I have no knowledge of this case. Soldiers on active service are not paid regularly as in peace, but obtain cash as opportunity may offer and the men may require. Complete machinery for making such payments exists at the front, and if in this instance the Commanding Officer were to put it into operation I do not doubt that the desired result would be secured.