§ 33. Lieut.-Colonel POWNALL
asked the Secretary of State for War whether, in view of the decision to pay corps pay from 1st January, 1925, to those officers of the Royal Army Service Corps who have passed the junior officers' course at the Royal Army Service Corps' Training College, he will make this corps pay date back to the date on which it was stopped to those officers who have held the necessary qualifications; and what is the reason for deducting the 5½ per cent. from corps pay which has not been increased, but which as a matter of fact is some 40 per cent. less than pre-War?
§ Sir L. WORTHINGTON-EVANS
The grant of corps pay to Royal Army Service Corps officers generally was not contemplated when in 1919 new rates of pay were fixed. The recent decision to grant corps pay to all Royal Army Service Corps officers who have passed the junior officers' course is a new departure. I regret that I cannot fix an earlier date for its introduction than the 1st January, 1925. The rate for the new qualification has been fixed at two-thirds of the rate for the higher (engineering) qualification in the Royal Army Service Corps, and is subject to reduction for fall in the cost of living on the same basis as the latter rate.