§ 23. Mr. W. ROBERTS
asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Admiralty why naval officers alone among officers in His Majesty's defence forces receive no marriage allowance?
Naval officers rates of pay were fixed in 1919 on the basis of married and unmarried officers receiving the same remuneration, whereas in the case of the Army and Royal Air Force it was decided to pay a lower rate to unmarried officers, and to include a marriage allowance. The question of adding such an allowance to the naval scale was very carefully considered by the Government in 1925, but they were unable to authorise it. The matter has since been frequently reviewed by the Board of Admrialty, but no additional grounds have hitherto been found justifying the re-opening of the case.