§ 70. Mr. Jackson
asked the Secretary of State for War whether he is aware that officers employed as assistant officers in charge of records are paid on an average £330 per annum without allowances, while officers employed in the Royal Army Pay Corps, carrying out similar duties are in receipt of £540 per annum plus allowances; and what steps does he propose to take to alter this anomaly?
§ Mr. Stanley
The assistant officers in charge of records are employed under special conditions laid down for retired officers and the salary of £330 per annum is payable in addition to any retired pay. The officers of the Royal Army Pay Corps referred to in the Question are serving officers. These two sets of officers are not carrying out similar duties and the conditions of their service are quite different. The officers of the Royal Army Pay Corps are subject to all the liabilities of serving Army officers, including the liability for duty at any station at home or abroad, whilst there tired officers employed as assistant officers in charge of records are liable for service only at the offices at which they are engaged. As regards the rate quoted in the latter part of the Question, the reference is presumably to the initial rate for a married paymaster, which is about £540 inclusive of allowances.