HC Deb 23 April 1874 vol 218 cc989-90

asked the Secretary of State for War, Whether it is the fact that Officers who served with their regiments during the late operations on the Gold Coast are only to be allowed climate pay of 8a. a day, while Special Service Officers have received extra pay at the rate of £11s. a day: and, if so, if he would explain to the House what is the reason for the great difference of allowances to the two classes; whether Officers serving on the West Coast of Africa have not usually received extra pay and allowances amounting to 8s. 6d. a day; and, if he will lay upon the Table any Correspondence that may have passed on the subject, either between Sir Garnet Wolseley and the War Office or between Sir Garnet Wolseley and the Officers under his command?


One guinea a day was given as a consolidated rate in lieu of all allowances to Special Service officers, and field-officers received hammock pay in addition. Regimental officers already on the Gold Coast received a uniform rate of climate pay at 3s. a day, plus their local allowances, which varied according to their rank. The regimental officers who were sent from England with the expedition were only to be entitled to the same climate pay and allowances as regimental officers already on the Coast. A difference has always been recognized between staff and regimental pay and allowances. I must decline to lay the Correspondence on the Table.