HC Deb 14 February 1893 vol 8 cc1377-8

I beg to ask the Secretary of State for War whether men are employed as cadets' servants at the Royal Military Academy at Woolwich, receiving therefor 14s. a week; whether these men live outside the Academy, and are pensioners; whether other men, who are not pensioners, are paid £1 1s. per week for the same work; how many days and hours per week these men work; and why this difference is made between the wages of pensioners and non-pensioners?


There are practically three classes of cadet servants employed at the Royal Military Academy. (a) Pensioners appointed before June 10, 1884, and who are earning increase of pension in these posts, get 14s. a week, but it was decided in December last that this rate is to be increased to 16s. from April 1 next, provision for which will be made in the Estimates for 1893–4. b. Pensioners appointed on or after June 10, 1884, and who are not earning increase of pension, will under the same decision get 18s. a week from the commencement of the next financial year. c. Civilians will get 18s. a week from the same date. The Governor of the Royal Military Academy was informed of the decision on December 7, 1892. In no case do these servants receive 21s. a week. There are two pensioners employed as butlers who get 24s. 6d. and 19s. 3d. respectively. All live outside the Academy, with the exception of four pensioners, who are specially employed. These cadet servants are on duty every day in the week during term—week days about 12 hours, and Sundays about six hours, and their pay is continuous outside term time.