HC Deb 07 March 1935 vol 298 cc2136-7
74. Captain FULLER

asked the Secretary of State for India why lodging and ration allowances for British officers of the Indian Army are to be cut for the period of the voyage when proceeding on leave; and why this order is being made retrospective to April, 1932?


My hon. and gallant Friend is no doubt referring to two Army instructions issued recently in India consolidating the orders on this subject which have been published at various dates since April, 1932. No question of retrospective effect is involved. The principle underlying the orders is that when an officer is granted an entitled passage by Government the elements in his pay which represent the cost of rations and lodging are withheld since the officer is receiving these in kind. These orders do not, however, apply to the majority of officers who proceed on leave.