HC Deb 19 March 1885 vol 295 c1684

asked the Secretary to the Admiralty, Why the wives of those serving in the Naval Brigade, including Marine Artillery and Marines, now incorporated in General Graham's Army in the Soudan, are not entitled to the increase of 8rf. per diem which has been sanctioned in the case of the wives of soldiers serving there; and, whether he will do his best to redress this grievance?


The allowance of 8d. a-day, known as separation allowance, which is granted to the wives of soldiers, is not payable to seamen's wives, 'the conditions of service being different; neither is this allowance payable to the wives of Marines when serving under Naval regulations, but both seamen and Marines receive field allowance of 6d. a-day, which is not granted in the Army. The Marines serving in Egypt might be placed under Army regulations; but, on the whole, the Naval regulations are the more favourable to them.