HC Deb 09 February 1915 vol 69 cc397-8
40. Sir J. D. REES

asked what allowances have been made on account of service kits and camp accessories to officers on leave from India who have been retained for service with the Expeditionary Forces?


Officers of the Indian Army who were on leave in this country at the date of mobilisation and who have been lent for services with British have been given an outfit and camp kit allowance of £50 from Imperial funds. Indian Army officers similarly situated, who were ordered to join Indian units with the Expeditionary Force, have been treated like Indian Army officers who came over with their units and have not been given any allowance from Imperial funds. British service officers on leave from India are not entitled to the allowance, as they are liable at any time to serve in any part of the world.

Colonel YATE

May I ask that some little consideration should be given to those Indian officers who could not get their uniform and camp equipment from India, and had to join here from England?


I will see that the hon. Member's view is represented.

41. Sir J. D. REES

asked whether officers of the Indian Army now serving with the Expeditionary Forces have to refund out of their Indian rates of pay 1s. 9d. for rations, 3s. for lodging, and 1s. 4d. per horse every day; and, if not, what refunds, if any, are exacted from such officers?


Officers of the Indian Army serving with the Expeditionary Force are paid under the Indian code, and are by that code subject to stoppages for rations and horse. No stoppage for lodgings is being made unless in exceptional cases. The rates of stoppage are provisional, and my Noble Friend is in communication with India about them.