§ 11. Mr. PRINGLE
asked what scale of pay has been granted to assistant paymasters of the Royal Naval Reserve who joined the Reserve in 1904; what scale of pay has been granted to those who joined the Reserve after the War commenced: whether the pay for these officers increases after so many years' seniority as in the case of Reserve officers of the executive branch; and what are the, prospects offered to Reserve assistant paymasters of attaining to higher rank?
§ Dr. MACNAMARA
The scale of pay for assistant paymasters, Royal Naval Reserve, who joined the Reserve in 1904 is as follows:
|Under 8 years' seniority||10s. a day|
|Of 8 years' seniority||11s. a day|
|Of 10 years' seniority||12s. a day|
|Of 12 years' seniority||13s. a day|
§ together with 2s. a day messing allowance in each case. The answer to the second part of the question is 10s. a day, with 2s. a day messing allowance. The scale of pay of these officers is based on the scale applicable to accountant officers, Royal Navy, and not on that for Reserve officers of the executive branch. As regards the last part of the question, there is at present no higher rank on the active list to which assistant paymasters over four years' seniority can attain, but, in exceptional cases, officers who have served for not less than ten years in the Reserve may be granted the rank of paymaster on retirement.