asked the Secretary of State for War whether he will award the chaplains holding the relative rank of captain the recently announced 2s. 6d. per day increased pay for captains on completing an aggregate of three years full pay service in that rank, especially, in view of their work on the various battlefields.
The concession which my hon. and gallant Friend has in mind is no doubt that announced by my right hon. Friend the Lord President on 26th November last. This provided that combatant officers of the rank of captain who have completed three years' service in the rank should be eligible for pay at 17s. 6d. a day, an increase of 1s. a day on the normal captain's rate of 16s. 6d. a day. The same considerations do not apply in the case of chaplains who are eligible with effect from the date of their being commissioned for pay at 15s. 4d. a day which is considerably in excess of that of a combatant officer commissioned as a subaltern, and is also more than the 14s. 6d. for which a combatant lieutenant is eligible after three years' commissioned service.