HC Deb 07 August 1919 vol 119 c580W

asked the Secretary of State for War whether the payment of command pay in the present circumstances is inimical to the best interests of the country; whether such payments act as an incentive to retain unnecessary men with the forces; and whether he will consider the possibility of abolishing all such payments immediately?


Generally speaking, command pay, so far as it depends on numbers, is based upon the authorised establishment of the unit concerned, which is determined by purely military considerations. I am not aware of any ground for thinking that it operates in the way suggested.