§ 27. Mr. Gower
asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Admiralty if he will reconsider the case of Mr. C. P. Q. Beck, of 13, Westfield Road, Whitchurch, Cardiff, who served in the Royal Navy from November, 1928, to November, 1945, became a chief petty officer in June, 1941, received a medal for long and good service, and did not receive, on the termination of his service, the gratuity granted to 330 chief petty officers who took temporary commissions during the last war.
§ Mr. R. Allan
No, Sir. The regulations under which Mr. Beck was released in November, 1945, did not provide for a Service gratuity, and of this he was well aware.
Certain ratings were specially selected for commissions during the war. It was thought inappropriate that they should return to the lower deck in order to complete their time for pension. They were. therefore, given gratuities in lieu. Mr. Beck was not selected for a commission.