HC Deb 05 July 1900 vol 85 cc627-8
LEES KNOWLES (Salford, W.)

I beg to ask the Under Secretary of State for War whether, although command pay is retained by an officer commanding a regimental district during his absence upon leave not exceeding thirty days at a time in the year, it is intended, under Army Order 119 of this year, that such an officer shall be deprived of it when he is detailed for fourteen days or more on extra duty, as for instance when he is in command of a Volunteer brigade at a camp of instruction; whether, during the time of such absence on extra duty, he is still in effect responsible for the work in his regimental district; and whether, if is intended that such an officer shall be so deprived, command pay will be given to the major left temporarily in command of the regimental district.


Perhaps the hon. Member will allow me to answer the last paragraph of his question first. I have stated in reply to a former question of his that during the colonel's absence on duty the major who takes command draws the command pay. This is not the case when the colonel goes on leave, because leave means permission to be absent without deduction from pay. But the colonel is naturally not allowed to draw pay for the work he does not do in addition to a special rate of pay for the work he does.