HC Deb 04 April 1881 vol 260 cc556-7

asked the Secretary of State for War, Whether Quartermasters of Militia, appointed before the 1st of April 1877 and reap- pointed in 1878, will be allowed to reckon their former service as Quartermasters towards retiring allowance and the higher rates of pay granted to Quartermasters in the Army; and, if not, will they be allowed to retire with special rates of retired pay (according to length of service as Quartermasters of Militia) granted to those who were appointed before 1st of April 1873, with an addition at Army rates, for service rendered after 1st of April 1878 as temporary Quartermasters in the Army; and, whether their widows are eligible for the pensions granted to Quartermasters and Warrant Officers in the Army?


asked the Secretary of State for War, Whether the present Adjutants in the Infantry of the Line will continue to hold their appointments as such after the 1st July 1881, should they be recommended by their commanding officers; if not, whether any concession will be made in favour of those senior Subalterns who may be about to obtain the command of companies?


Sir, in reply to the hon. and gallant Member and to my hon. Friend the Member for Sunderland, I have to say that their Questions relate to details of the general organization plan which are now under consideration; but, so far as I am advised at present, I see no reason for disturbing the existing rates of pay and pension for Quartermasters of Militia. I should feel much obliged to hon. Members who take an interest in these very detailed and intricate questions if, instead of putting them on the Paper, they will forward them to me as suggestions, and I will undertake to consider them. I have already received many such suggestions, which are being dealt with by official Committees.