HC Deb 23 March 1938 vol 333 cc1189-91
32. Mr. Parker

asked the First Lord of the Admiralty why, in the new children's allowances for officers, only 1s. 6d. per day is allowed for the first child of a warrant officer, whereas 2s. 1s allowed for captains and other com-

33. Mr. Parker

asked the First Lord of the Admiralty the number of promotions made to paymaster-lieutenant for long and zealous service in the writer, supply, and cook branches, respectively, during each of the past three years; the dates of each of these promotions and the ages of the officers; and, in view of the paucity of these promotions, when the promised additional promotions are likely to be made?

Mr. Shakespeare

The information asked for in the first two parts of the question is contained in a tabular statement which I will, with the hon. Member's permission, circulate in the OFFICIAL REPORT. As regards the last part of the question it is proposed to make promotions to paymaster-lieutenant from commissioned warrant rank in the writer and supply branches as suitable vacancies can be created. It will be possible to create two of these vacancies at once, and it is hoped to make the majority within six months and all 10 within two years. In the cook branch, the two extra promotions are being proceeded with at once. The hon. Member will appreciate that some short time will elapse in each case before the routine of selecting the officers to fill these vacancies can be completed.

Following is the tabular statement:

missioned officers; and whether, observing that the rate for all other children of all officers is a fiat one of 1s. per day, he will consider the removal of this anomaly, and grant warrant officers 2s. per day for the first child, and so have a flat rate for all officers?

Mr. Shakespeare

I regret I cannot adopt the hon. Member's suggestion. The rates of marriage and children's allowances must, in the case of officers, bear some relation to their rates of pay and allowances.