HC Deb 24 July 1933 vol 280 cc2239-40W

asked the Secretary of State for India if he will reconsider the position with regard to pensions of officers in the Indian Medical Service arising from his declaration on 7th March, 1932, that the pensions of the officers of the Indian services are not guaranteed by the British Government, which nevertheless engages and employs these officers; and if he will consider in this relation the precedent by which the salaries of the Secretary of State for India and of his Under-Secretaries, although chargeable upon the revenues of India, are especially safeguarded by Clauses in the Government of India Act, 1919, and Amendments, 1924, which provide that they may be paid out of moneys provided by Parliament?


All members of the regular Indian Services, both military and civil, whether or not they hold His Majesty's Commission, are in the same position as regards the payment of pensions in respect of their Indian service. The position is that these pensions have been in the past and are now charged to Indian revenues alone; and it is proposed that they should continue to be so charged under the new Constitution. I can add nothing in this respect to the statement I made in the House on 7th March, 1932. As regards the latter part of the question, the salaries of the Secretary of State and the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for India are not chargeable upon the revenues of India, but are a direct charge upon funds voted by Parliament. This change was made in 1919, not as a measure of safeguarding due payment, but because it was felt to be anomalous that the salaries of these Ministers, who are responsible to Parliament, should not be defrayed from moneys voted by Parliament.