HC Deb 02 April 1917 vol 92 cc883-4
13. Commander WEDGWOOD

asked the Secretary of State for India whether until the War unemployed Indian Army officers residing in England were allowed to draw full furlough pay whether they were given work by the Home Government or not whether a new Regulation has recently been made by which these officers so employed by the Home Government have to refund to the Indian Government part of their furlough pay; and whether he has sanctioned this particular way of relieving the Indian Exchequer at the expense of the British taxpayer?

The SECRETARY of STATE for INDIA (Mr. Chamberlain)

I am not aware that before the present War the question of employing Indian Army officers of this particular class under the Home Government has ever arisen. The circumstances in which the Regulation regarding the amount of unemployed Indian pay to be received by this class of officer when em- ployed by the War Office were explained by me in my answer to the question of my hon. and gallant Friend the Member for Melton on the 29th November last.