HC Deb 17 February 1943 vol 386 cc1709-10
10. Mr. William Brown

asked the Secretary of State for Air the 24 hours subsistence rate of an officer in the Air Force away from his station; after how many nights this is reduced; to what it is reduced; and how these rates compare with the rates laid down for the First Division of the Civil Service?

The Secretary of State for Air (Sir Archibald Sinclair)

As the reply is rather detailed and includes a number of figures, I propose, with the hon. Member's permission, to circulate it in the OFFICIAL REPORT.

Following is the reply:

The home rate of subsistence allowance or, as it is now described, travelling allowance, for an officer of the Royal Air Force of the rank of group captain and above is 25s. a night and for other officers 20s. After the first 8 nights in one place, these rates are reduced to 20s. and 16s. respectively. If it is known in advance that the period of stay in one place will exceed 8 nights, allowances within the reduced rates are payable from the outset. If the period is expected to exceed 14 nights, subsistence allowance is not payable but the officer is treated as if on the lodging list. The comparable rates for members of the administrative class of the Civil Service are related to salary. Established officers on a salary scale rising to £750 a year or with a salary of over £680 a year and the analogous temporary grades are entitled to Class A rates of subsistence allowance; those below this scale to Class B rates. These rates are as follow:—

Class A. For short-term visits 23s. 6d. a night for the first 7 nights, 20s. for the next 4 nights: for long-term visits 23s. 6d. for the first 5 nights, 13s. for the next 23 nights.

Class B. Short-term visits 20s. for the first 7 nights, 15s. for the next 4: long-terms visits 20s. for the first 5 nights, 10s. for the next 23 nights.