asked the Secretary for War if he is aware that, in the case of warrant officers and non-commissioned officers in the Army Pay Corps, no concessions have been made to replace the service pay of 6d. or 7d. a day in force before 1st October, 1906, and that, in consequence, a warrant officer who now extends his service will received 1d. a day less than the quartermaster-sergeant under him; and whether, in view of the inequality thus arising, be will continue the payment of service pay during re-engagement to those previously drawing it where no other concessions or pay has been substituted?
§ Mr. HALDANE
As I have already informed the hon. Member, there is no intention of continuing the grant of service pay on re-engagement in the cases mentioned. The possibility of a temporary anomaly of the kind to which he alludes does not justify the continuance of what is held to be an unnecessarily high rate of pay.