HC Deb 18 February 1884 vol 284 cc1162-3

asked the Under Secretary of State for India, Whether it is the fact that quartermasters of Infantry Regiments are, by Article 198 of the Royal Warrant of June 25th 1881, allowed pay at the rate of nine shillings per diem on first appointment; and, whether it is also the fact that such quartermasters of Infantry Regiments serving in India are at present receiving pay at the rate of six shillings and sixpence per diem only; and, if so, why this deduction of two shillings and sixpence per diem from their proper pay is made?


The hon. Member for North Wilts correctly states the rate of pay of an Infantry Quartermaster at 9s. a-day on first appointment. It is not, however, the case that in India they receive 6s. 6d. per diem only. While on Indian pay and allowances they receive salaries far in excess of those granted under the Royal Warrant; and if while in India they come by any chance on English rates of pay, they receive precisely the same as they do at home—namely, 9s. per diem.