asked the Secretary of State for War whether cases have occurred in which promotion in or to the rank of non-commissioned officer have been made by mistake; and whether, in such cases, a Memorandum, issued September, 1911, provides that the pay of the higher rank shall be paid for the period prior to the discovery of the error?
§ Colonel SEELY
A few such cases as those referred to in the first part of the question have occurred. As regards the second part of the question, the Memorandum mentioned provides that the pay of the higher rank is admissible only from the date on which the non-commissioned officer is absorbed into a vacancy, but that no recoverey of pay drawn erroneously before the mistake is found out shall be made from the man. It does not, as suggested in the question, legalise the issue of pay until the discovery of the error.
asked the Secretary of State for War for what reason the promotion of staff-quartermaster-sergeant to sub-conductor on 21st May, 1910, was cancelled, and under what regulation the promotion was ruled out of the duplicate attestation paper; and whether Staff-Quartermaster-Sergeant Stickney ought, in view of the Memorandum issued in September, 1911, to have received the pay of the higher rank until he was properly reduced according to the regulations?2683W