HC Deb 28 June 1920 vol 131 cc46-7W

Colonel NEWMAN asked the Secretary of State for India whether a captain of the Royal Army Veterinary Corps serving in India receives in the main £200 per annum less than an officer of the same rank serving at Home; whether the pay per month is Rs. 700, an increase only of 50, that this increase in British money is from £520 per annum to £560 per annum, or £171 per annum less than at Home; whether the horse allowance for two horses of Rs. 60 per month entails a further loss to the officer, as the cost of two syces is Rs. 30, and fodder Rs. 80; whether at home the Government supply horses at £10 per annum and give free issue of forage, whereas in India the officer has to buy a horse out of his limited pay; and will he take steps to have these anomalies adjusted?

Mr. MONTAGU: The pay of captains of the Royal Army Veterinary Corps at Home and in India since 1st July, 1919, is as follows:—

United Kingdom. India.
Pay and Allowances. Pay (excluding horse allowance). Equivalent at 2s. the rupee.
Married. Unmarried.
Captain £685 per ann. £607 per ann. Rs. 650 per month. £780 per ann.
Captain after two years as such. £731 per ann. £652 per ann. Rs. 700 per month. £840 per ann.
I have no figures showing the present cost of maintaining a charger in India. The question of the provision of chargers and fodder in India is engaging attention.