HC Deb 21 October 1915 vol 74 cc2001-2
79. Colonel YATE

asked the Secretary of State for India whether, considering that officers of the British Army can draw full pay up to a period of eighteen months after being sent home sick or wounded from the front, and that an officer of the Indian Army, while sick or wounded in England, can receive full pay for a period of three months only, he will suggest to the Government of India the advisability of considering the question of giving more generous treatment to the sick and wounded officers of the Indian Army invalided home from the front?


I would refer my hon. and gallant Friend to my answer to his question of 14th October. As he is aware, the conditions of service (including the leave system) of officers of the Indian Army are different from those of the British Army. The British Army officer, though he may draw full pay during leave, loses at once his field allowance (a considerable item), and, with certain exceptions, he also loses his lodging allowance after ninety-one days; whereas the Indian Army officer draws full emoluments for three months. The leave-pay rates of the Indian Army are on the whole higher, and for the senior ranks much higher than the full pay of the British Army. I see no reason for an addition to the concession referred to in my former answer.