§ Major ENTWISTLE
asked the Secretary of State for War whether the bounty granted to the Royal Reserve Territorials and other units can also be granted to ex-Regulars who served in the South African War and afterwards volunteered to remain in that country in civilian employment, and who joined the Union Defence Forces on the outbreak of the present War, fought in German South-West Africa, and subsequently re-enlisted in this country?
§ Mr. FORSTER
It is presumed that the hon. and gallant Member refers to the1588W bounties granted to National Reservists and soldiers of the Territorial Force. These bounties were issued in respect of the fulfilment of an obligation undertaken during peace to come up for service during war. No bounty is issuable in respect of the enlistment of ex-soldiers generally, and I regret that it is not possible to authorise such a bounty for the soldiers referred to by the hon. and gallant Member.