§ Major CLIFTON BROWN
asked the Financial Secretary to the War Office if he can give comparative figures showing
— 1913–14. 1925–26 (1) Total, Vote A 185,600 156,000 (2) Cost of the Royal Army Pay Corps, including civilian clerks. £203,040 (being £1.09 per head of Vote A). £409,280 (being £2.61 per head of Vote A). (3) Cost of the Corps of Military Accountants, including civilian clerks. — £257,500 (being £1.64 per head of Vote A). (4) Cost of financial staff of the War Office, including Local Audit staff in Commands. £128,715 (being £.69 per head of Vote A). £258,220 (being £1.65 per head of Vote A).
The increases in cost are largely accounted for by the increases in the rates of pay of the officers and men of the Army included under (2), and the addition of the Civil Service bonus under (4). Further, the work of the Royal Army Pay Corps has been substantially increased since 1913–14 by the introduction of marriage allowance into the Army and by the payment of pensions weekly instead of quarterly; the Corps of Military Accountants performs duties which did not exist in 1913–14; while the general increase in the work of the War Office, to which the Secretary of State referred in the recent Debate on the Army Estimates, affects the financial equally with other branches.