HC Deb 16 March 1938 vol 333 c429W
Mr. Ede

asked the Secretary of State for War whether he will publish in a White Paper or other convenient form, before the Report stage of the Army Estimates, the amendments to be made in the Royal Warrant and other documents to give effect to the decision to create Class 3 warrant officers, and to grant improvement in pay and allowances to officers and other ranks of His Majesty's Army; and will he similarly present a statement showing the establishment of typical battalions when the appointment of Class 3 warrant officers is complete in comparison with the present establishment?

Sir V. Warrender

My right hon. Friend explained, when introducing the Army Estimates, that he would in due course lay a scheme for the improvement of the prospects of officers as a whole, and he will include in this an explanation of the proposed new class of warrant officers and their establishment. As regards the changes in pay and allowances which my right hon. Friend announced, the detailed warrants and regulations are in course of preparation: those as regards pay have been issued this week, and copies will be made available in the Library for hon. Members. My right hon. Friend thinks, however, that it will be of more help to the House if he sets out briefly in a White Paper the scope of the changes so far as this can be done at present, and this he will do.