§ Lieut. - Colonel WINDSOR-CLIVE
asked the Financial Secretary to the Treasury if he will state the reason for the refusal of the claim submitted by Mr. T. H. Meredith, tax officer, Ludlow, for a re-assessment of the balance of his civil pay during his period of service with His Majesty's forces; and whether, in view of the fact that this officer was prevented from attesting owing to the refusal of the Board of Inland Revenue to give him formal sanction to do so, the Treasury will exercise a discretion in his favour?
As the hon. and gallant Member is aware, the judgments of the Court of Appeal in the case of Pidduck and others are not applicable to civil servants who were deemed to have been enlisted under the Military Service Act. Mr. Meredith was so enlisted, and I regret that it is impossible for me to exercise a discretion in his favour.