HL Deb 02 August 1922 vol 51 cc1088-9

(A) Disturbance allowance.

If any officer or man, owing to molestation or danger or (in the case of an officer or man to whom compensation is payable under section one of this Act) for any other cause whatsoever, moves his home either to another place in Ireland or to any place outside Ireland, he shall be entitled to be repaid the reasonable costs incurred in connection with such removal up to a maximum of one month's pay for unmarried men, two months' pay for married men with less than three children, and three months' pay for married men with three or more children.

These allowances will be payable on application at any time within six months of the date of disbandment.

In order to avoid any delay in the payment of these allowances, they will be payable on demand at the date of disbandment or at any time within six months thereafter; every officer or man who receives such allowance will be required to produce to the Tribunal appointed under this Act, evidence that he has in fact moved his home; and if he has not moved his home or if the reasonable expenses incurred in connection with such removal are less than the amount of the allowance which he has received, the Tribunal may require him to refund the whole or part of the allowance, as the case may be.

In eases of officers and men holding acting rank above that of their substantive rank, disturbance allowance will be calculated upon the pay of the acting rank. In cases where officers or men holding acting rank have already been disbanded and have received disturbance allowance calculated upon their substantive pay, application may be made to the Chief Secretary or the Colonial Office, for the payment of the difference between the sum received and the disturbance allowance that would have been payable if it had been calculated upon such acting rank.

(B) Free railway warrants.

Every officer and man will be entitled to a free railway warrant from the place of his disbandment to his home. In addition to the above, it will be open to any member of the force who considers that he would be in danger if he were to return to or to remain at his home after the date of disbandment, to apply for a free travelling warrant to enable him to remove himself and his family to any place in Great Britain and Ireland. Such warrants will be issuable in respect of the member of the force, his wife and children, or other dependant normally supported by him as a member of his household. Where a member of the force is moving his family, and finds it inadvisable actually to accompany them, a separate warrant will be issued for their use.

(c) Separation allowance.

Separation allowance will be payable during the first three months after the date of disbandment to any married member of the force whose home is outside Northern Ireland and who proceeds either to Great Britain or Northern Ireland, leaving his family in Ireland. This allowance will be in addition to any compensation allowance granted under section one of this Act, and will be made at the rates approved for the several ranks of the force, viz., 14s. a week for constables and sergeants, 17s. 6d. a week for head constables, and 28s. a week for officers of higher rank

In this Schedule the expression "date of disbandment" means the date of discharge in the case of an officer or man to whom compensation is payable under section one of this Act, and the date fixed for the disbandment of the force in the case of an officer or man in receipt of a pension.

The Commons disagree to these Amendments for the following Reason:

Because they create a further charge on the revenue; and the Commons consider it unnecessary to offer any further reason, hoping the above Reason may be deemed sufficient.


My Lords, I beg to move that your Lordships do not insist on the new Schedules.

Moved, That this House doth not insist upon the said Amendments.—(Viscount Peel.)

On Question, Motion agreed to.