§ 86. Lieutenant-Colonel BURGOYNE
asked the Secretary of State for War when it is proposed to issue the new scale of pensions for officers of the Regular Army; whether he is aware that until such scale is published there is bound to be a block in promotions as a result of supernumerary promotions made during the War; whether, in estimating the new pensions, the extra expenses of regular officers during the last four and a half years, their loss of health and the extra cost of living generally, will be taken into consideration; and whether he will consider the advisability of putting the pension rates on a sliding scale, so that officers may start drawing pensions after a lesser period of service than has hitherto obtained, thus giving them a chance to start employment in civil life at a younger age?
§ Mr. CHURCHILL
All these points will be fully borne in mind in the consideration of the whole question of officers' emoluments which is now proceeding. It is impossible for me to name a date for the conclusion of so complex a matter at a time of pressure like the present.