HC Deb 19 December 1919 vol 123 cc856-7W
Colonel ASHLEY

asked the Prime Minister whether he is aware that a reenlisted pensioner non-commissioned officer of the Royal Marines who was given a temporary commission during the War is granted on demobilisation retired pay at £250 a year, with an addition of for each year served as a commissioned officer, whereas a re-enlisted pensioner non-commissioned officer of the Army, commissioned under the same circumstances, is permitted to draw on demobilisation his pre-war pension as a non-commissioned officer only, with no consideration either for years served or rank attained in the War, except that he is eligible for reassessment of his prewar pension under Army Order 325 of. 1919; will he state the reason for this difference of treatment; and whether he is prepared to take any steps to put an end to it?


In settling the new scales for Army and Navy, regard was paid to the general desirability of assimilation. As, however, the circumstances of the two Services differ so much, complete identity cannot be expected.