HC Deb 26 July 1961 vol 645 cc397-8
2. Mr. Rankin

asked the Secretary of State for War whether he has now evolved a system of total remuneration for Gurkha soldiers parallel to that paid to others.

The Secretary of State for War (Mr. John Profumo)

Yes, Sir. The Gurkha soldier will get a special United Kingdom allowance on top of his Indian basic rates of pay, which will make his total remuneration almost the same as that of the British soldier.

Mr. Rankin

May I thank the Secretary of State warmly for that reply, because I take it that it fits into what he told me on 17th May and he has now achieved his aim of giving a total remuneration which will be in tune with the cost of living in this country and other standards.

Mr. Nabarro

Is that the Gurkha tie that the the hon. Member has borrowed?

Mr. Rankin

No. Nor do I wear a Gurkha moustache.