HC Deb 08 January 1913 vol 46 cc1195-6W

asked the First Lord of the Admiralty whether he is aware that the Admiralty circular letter of the 15th July, 1912, stated that officers and men of the Royal Flying Corps would be paid at certain rates, with additional flying pay of 8s. a day for officers and 2s. a day for men, and that in the circular letter it was laid down that these allowances would be paid continuously as in the submarine service, and that officers and men would receive only half the flying pay whilst under instruction and full allowance when qualified; whether the Admiralty have lately ordered that officers and men will only receive flying pay on days on which they actually make an ascent, half-rate whilst under instruction and, presumably, though this point is not confirmed, the full rate when qualified; whether he is aware that it was under the former conditions that officers and men were induced to volunteer for the airship service, since no distinction was made between the airship section and the aeroplane section; and if he will state why the regulations in regard to the payment of flying pay to these officers and men were altered?


The answer to the first part of the question is in the affirmative, but the flying pay for men is 4s or 2s. a day, according to their flying proficiency. As regards the second part of first part of the question is in the affirmative so far as the naval airship section is concerned. With regard to the remainder of the question, I have nothing to add to the reply given by the Parliamentary Secretary to the Noble Lord the Member for Horsham on the 1st of this month.