HC Deb 25 February 1907 vol 169 c1231
COLONEL LONG (Worcestershire, Evesham)

To ask the Secretary of State for War, whether, in the case of senior officers who, in consequence of the reduction of the battalions to which they belonged, and their present age, are in such a position that, whereas before the reduction they were practically certain of promotion, further service, and eventual retirement on higher grades of pension, they will now be retired much earlier, possibly at the age of forty-four, special arrangements can be made to enable them to have personal prospects somewhat equal to what they have lost by the reduction, or some special consideration shown them in the form of compensation or increased pension on compulsory retirement.

(Answered by Mr. Secretary Haldane.) As regards the majors of the disbanded battalions, it has been decided that they are to be considered for promotion to half-pay lieutenant-colonelcies at the precise date at which they would have been promoted had their battalions not been disbanded. In the case of captains,

Colonial. Foreign.
lbs. lbs.
31st March, 1899 to 31st May, 1902 (Close of War) 29,688,000 31,598,000
1st June, 1902, to 31st March, 1903
1st April, 1903, to 31st March, 1904 400,000 1,237,500
1st April, 1904, to 31st March, 1905 52,000 1,073,000
1st April, 1905, to 31st March, 1906 280,000 1,544,048
1st April, 1906, to date 26,988 2,135,733