HC Deb 22 December 1854 vol 136 c792

said, he begged to ask the Secretary at War whether a corporal having good-conduct money in addition to his usual pay, would be deprived of that allowance on his promotion to the rank of sergeant, so that his aggregate pay might be reduced below what he had previously enjoyed as a corporal; if so, what were the reasons, and whether Government contemplated a remedy for such apparent injustice?


said, that when the good-conduct warrant was introduced by Lord Howick (now Earl Grey) good-conduct pay was given to privates and corporals in lieu of the additional pay to which they would be entitled for length of service. As sergeants had no additional pay on that account, there was, of course, nothing to commute as in the case of the corporals and privates. It was perfectly true that under the good-conduct warrant there might be cases in which a sergeant might receive a less amount of pension than he would have done had he remained a corporal, and had received the additional pay. His (Mr. Herbert's) attention had been called to the subject in consequence of a case which had arisen at Chelsea; and he had in consequence drawn up an alteration in the warrant, which would be immediately promulgated.