HC Deb 27 February 1940 vol 357 cc1884-5
43. Mr. McGovern

asked the Secretary of State for War whether he can state the allowance per day paid to privates, lance-corporals, corporals and Serjeants in the British Army; and whether he has any knowledge of the corresponding allowances paid to each similar rank in the New Zealand, Australian and Canadian armies, respectively?

Mr. Stanley

The rates of pay in the British Army vary according to length of service, proficiency and trade qualification as well as rank. I will circulate in the Official Report the range of rates for the ranks mentioned in the Question. In addition, the soldier is provided with accommodation and rations and other benefits in cash or kind, such as clothing, medical attendance, allowances for families and dependants and non-effective benefits. I regret that I have no authoritative comparable information regarding the emoluments of Dominion troops.

Mr. McGovern

I have communicated with these Dominions regarding the allowances paid in the Australian, New Zealand and Canadian Armies, and I will place the information in the Library when I get it.

Mr. Stanley

I have no comparable information because, in addition to the actual rates of pay, the soldiers here have other allowances.

Following are the rates:

The rates of pay in the British Army range from 2s. to 6s. 3d. a day in the case of a private, 3s. 3d. to 6s. 6d. a day in the case of a lance-corporal, 4s. to 7s. 3d. a day in the case of a corporal, and 6s. to 8s. 9d. a day in the case of a serjeant.

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