HC Deb 07 August 1902 vol 112 c958

To ask the Secretary of State for War whether his attention has been called to the fact that the same amount of batta is paid to all officers, irrespective of their length of service in the field in South Africa; and whether, since batta is intended to compensate officers for loss and wear of their uniforms and equipment due to conditions of war, He will endeavour to make some discrimination proportioned to length of service in the field.

(Answered by Secretary Brodrick.) A war gratuity is given and not batta. It would not be practicable to re-adjust the gratuity after the conclusion of the war.