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Reservists (Detained Pay)

Volume 380: debated on Wednesday 3 June 1942

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asked the First Lord of the Admiralty whether he will consider a revision of the regulations to allow of Royal Naval Reserve ratings, whose engagements have expired since they were called up, to re-engage for further service in the Royal Naval Reserve, and to receive detained pay under Article 1593 of King's Regulations?

Article 1593 of the King's Regulations and Admiralty Instructions applies only to active service personnel. The payment of detained pay to Royal Naval reservists who were detained on active service by Royal Proclamation beyond a period of three years, was provided for in the Royal Naval Reserve Volunteer Act, 1859, but was abolished by the Royal Naval Reserve Act, 1927. This latter Act authorised instead a bounty not exceeding £5, which is paid to Reservists reporting on mobilisation. As Royal Naval reservists are retained in service under Royal Proclamation their re-enrolment in the Reserve would be superfluous.