HC Deb 22 March 1907 vol 171 c1287

To ask the Secretary of State for War, whether it is in contemplation to revise the organisation of the Army Accounts Department so that the military members may be granted the same privileges and similar conditions as to travelling and service abroad as civilian members; or, failing this, whether military officers will be granted adequate pensions to support them in retirement, so that they may not be compelled to serve their full periods under conditions non-existent at the time of their entering the Pay Department and in a new branch to which they were posted without being consulted thereupon.

(Answered by Mr. Secretary Haldane.) The civilian members of the Army Accounts Department are performing the their fair share of foreign service. The military members of that department are serving under military rules, which are in some respects more beneficial, and in other respects less beneficial, than civil conditions. I am not prepared to put to them on a different footing from other officers in regard either to travelling expenses or retiring allowances.