HC Deb 18 August 1857 vol 147 c1813

said, he would beg to ask the Under Secretary at War whether arrangements have as yet been come to, in accordance with the assurance given to him at the commencement of the Session, for placing the pensions given to sergeants upon the same footing as the privates in the army.


said, that in accordance with the promise he had given the case of the sergeants to which the hon. Baronet alluded was immediately and maturely considered, and his noble Friend at the head of the War Department was very anxious to meet the views which had been expressed upon the subject, but it was found that there were objections to apply the same rules to the sergeants as were applied to the privates, because, by bringing them under the warrant by which good conduct pay was awarded to privates, the sergeants would be brought under certain regulations as to forfeiture of pay which ought not to be applied to non-commissioned officers holding that high and responsible position. Although nothing was definitely settled, there was a proposition under consideration for obtaining the same object by different means.