§ 16. Mr. Parker
asked the First Lord of the Admiralty why petty officers who qualify for rating pilot, under the recently issued regulations, are only to be paid flying pay of 5s. per day, whereas officers of or below the rank of lieutenant-commander are paid 6s. per day, observing that the ratings will be performing the same duties as officers, and that officers' substantive pay is much larger than that of ratings?
§ Lieut.-Colonel Llewellin
I am unable to accept the hon. Member's suggestion that officers and rating pilots will perform identical duties. Those of the rating pilots will not call for the same degree of responsibility, training and knowledge, as those of officers, and this difference is reflected both in the substantive and in the non-substantive rates of pay.