asked the Undersecretary of State for the Colonies whether officers who were serving under the Colonial Office in British East Africa and British Central Africa, and who were retained for the machinery of demobilisation, are entitled to the Army of Occupation bonus; if so, what Department is responsible for payment; and, if not, whether steps will be taken to secure that officers so retained shall not be in a worse financial position than officers under the War Office?
§ Lieut.-Colonel AMERY
Officers of the King's Royal Rifles and the local Protectorate forces in Eastern Africa serve on special consolidated rates of pay with special bonus. Such officers are not eligible for the Army of Occupation bonus while drawing consolidated rates of pay; 1661W but the question ofgranting to them this bonus for any period for which they have been placed on British Army rates of pay from Colonial funds subsequent to the 31st of January last is already under consideration between the War Office and the Colonial Office. The question of effecting an improvement in the consolidated rates of pay and the special bonus for officers of the King's African. Rifles will be taken up when the proposed permanent increases in the British Army rates are notified.