HC Deb 13 March 1908 vol 186 cc3-4
MR. HUNT (Shropshire, Ludlow)

To ask the Secretary of State for War whether, under the new Army scheme, the sergeant-majors of the Reserve battalions will receive 3d. a day less in pay and 3d. a day less in pension, and the colour-sergeants 6d. a day less in pay, than those non-commissioned officers of the same rank in the Line battalions, whilst the sergeant-majors and colour-sergeants of the Territorial Army will receive the same amount in pay and pension as the line battalions.

(Answered by Mr. Secretary Haldane.) The pay and pension of the sergeant- major and colour-sergeant of the Special Reserve will be as stated in the Question i.e., on the old Militia terms. The acting sergeant-majors and the colour-sergeants who are members of the permanent staff of the Territorial Force will receive the same rates of pay as the permanent staff of the Volunteers, viz., 3s. 6d. and 3s. respectively. As the first-named are acting sergeant-majors only, they will be eligible for pension at Class 1 rates, similar to those for quartermaster-sergeants. The pension for colour-sergeants will be at the same rate as if they were serving with their Line battalions. The acting sergeant-majors and colour-sergeants who are Territorial Force soldiers will be paid only during training and will receive Line rates. They get no pension.†