§ 44. Mr. Champion
asked the Secretary of State for War if he will take steps to amend the Royal Warrant in such a way as to accord to Section D reservists commissioned from the ranks the same right to have their pensions assessed at officers' rates in respect of that portion of their service rendered as officers as now applies to Section B reservists.
§ Mr. Bellenger
Under a special provision of the Pay Warrant, service retired pay and gratuities may be given to serving Regular soldiers who were promoted to emergency commissions and who do not wish to resume their career as Regular soldiers when their commissioned service ends. The mobilised Section D reservist who is given a commission is clearly not in this category and the special provision does not apply in his case. The mobilised Section B reservist resumes on mobilisation his Colour service on his Regular engagement, and is therefore fortunate to secure the advantages of the provision I have mentioned. I cannot agree that the fact that he does so is any reason for the extension of the benefit to classes, such as the Section D reservist, for whom it was obviously not intended.