HC Deb 05 March 1919 vol 113 cc427-8W
Lieutenant-Colonel Sir F. HALL

asked the Under-Secretary of State to the Air Ministry whether flying officers with four years' service are to receive £150 gratuity for each year; whether technical officers are to receive the same amount; and, if not, will he give particulars of the difference between the gratuities to be granted to these two classes of officers, stating at the same time what would be the amount of gratuity to be given to technical officers with the rank of captain with four years' service, and how much would be granted to flying officers of the same rank with a similar length of service?

Major-General SEELY

Flying officers who were granted commissions in the Special Reserve of the Royal Flying Corps (and certain officers who entered the Royal Naval Air Service on special engagements) are entitled to gratuities of £150 for each completed year of service subject to certain conditions. Officers who entered the Special Reserve Royal Flying Corps, as technical officers (originally-termed equipment officers) are not entitled to this gratuity, but receive instead a gratuity of 124 days' pay for the first year of service and sixty-two days' pay for each subsequent year or part of a year. The gratuity issuable to a technical officer of the rank of captain, with between four and five years' service, varies from £316 to £372. That issuable to a flying officer of the same rank and service varies from £353 to £372, if he was not on a Special Reserve engagement, and is £600 if he was on such an engagement.