§ 17. Sir CLEMENT KINLOCH-COOKE
asked the Secretary of State for India whether he is aware that with the increase of pay sanctioned last October a lieutenant draws pay, ration allowance, and field allowance making a total of £23 12s. 6d. per month; that in India an officer of the same rank draws consolidated pay, including exchange, compensation allowance, and a special daily messing allowance making a total of 338 rupees per month, the equivalent of £22 11s., out of which he has to supply himself with accommodation, furniture, fuel, and light, all of these being supplied free to officers on the home establishment; and whether he will consider the possibility of adding to the Indian rate of pay, with effect as from 1st October, 1917, the equivalent of 3s. per day increase given to junior officers on the home establishment?
§ Mr. MONTAGU
I have received from the Government of India proposals for increasing the Indian rates of pay for subalterns of the British Service. It will be necessary to consult the War Office upon them, but I shall make it my endeavour to arrive at a decision with as little delay as possible.
§ Sir C. KINLOCH-COOKE
May we expect as little delay as possible to take place before the Adjournment?
§ Mr. MONTAGU
The proposals from the Government of India only arrived, I think, two or three days ago.