HC Deb 24 April 1882 vol 268 c1244

asked the Secretary of State for War, Why the advantage of extra pay granted to the two senior Majors of a Battalion of Infantry of the Line, or of a West India Regiment, by Art. 185—I. of the Royal Warrant for Pay,&c. dated 25th June 1881, has not been similarly extended to the two senior Majors of a Regiment of Cavalry of the Line; and, whether he will rectify this anomaly by a revised Warrant, granting the same advantage to Cavalry Majors as the Infantry Majors have obtained by the above-named Warrant?


In reply to my hon. and gallant Friend, I have to point out to him that in the Cavalry, as in the Infantry, Majors of three years' service as such will receive the higher rate of pay. The special and temporary allowance to the two senior Majors of an Infantry Battalion were granted to protect them against a loss which cannot occur in the Cavalry, in which all the existing Majors, if qualified and recommended for promotion, became, under the new establishment, Lieutenant Colonels.