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British Army (Pay And Allowances)

Volume 155: debated on Tuesday 20 June 1922

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asked the Secretary of State for War whether the present rates of pay and allowances to British Army officers and other ranks will remain in force for a definite period; if so, when are the present scales of pay, allowances and pensions due for revision; and can officers and other ranks feel assured that no reduction will take effect until they have received at least nine months' notice?

The rates of pay, half-pay, and retired pay of officers in the Army are subject to revision in 1924 and thereafter every three years, as announced in the Army Order of September, 1919, by which they were granted. Rates of allowances are always liable to revision as circumstances may demand. For other ranks, no date for revision of pay and pensions has been announced. In the event of a decision to make reductions, reasonable notice to all ranks concerned will be given, as regards individuals in the Army at the time, though I am not prepared to promise a period of at least nine months.