HC Deb 24 February 1920 vol 125 cc1518-9W

asked the Secretary of State for War whether, when increased allowances were granted to permanent and temporary officers of the Army and Navy on the 1st August, 1919, temporary officers in the Air Force were excluded from this benefit; and, if so, on what grounds?


I have been asked to reply to my hon. Friend's Question, and would refer him to the statement circulated by my right hon. and gallant Friend the then Under-Secretary of State for Air, on the 21st July last, in reply to a Question on this subject by my hon. Friend the Member for East Islington (Official Report, Cols. (331) to (338)). From this statement, he will see that the new scale of emoluments for officers in the Royal Air Force only applies to officers who are given permanent or short service commissions or who are seconded to the Royal Air Force from other Services. The reasons for this were, amongst others, that temporary officers' rates of pay, with allowances and War bonus, were considered to be adequate, and that, in general, flying officers temporarily retained would have lost by coming on to the new scale.