HC Deb 04 May 1925 vol 183 cc558-9

asked the Under-Secretary of State for India whether the special allowances recently withdrawn owing to the conversion of Razmak, in Waziristan, into a peace station have now been restored to the European troops garrisoned there; and, is so, in what form?


A scale of concessions is now being introduced for all troops serving beyond the administrative border in Waziristan, where the present conditions are comparable with those of service in the field. They include (1) free rations for all classes; (2) double rate of messing allowance for British other ranks; (3) a special boot allowance for certain classes; (4) active service leave concessions for officers wounded. Officers will also receive, under the revised pay rules, compensation for inferior quarters and allowances for separation from their wives. I am not yet in possession of the final terms of the concessions, but will arrange to supply my hon. Friend with a copy when available.


Will the concessions be retrospective?


They are very wide. Whether they will be retrospective or not I do not know.