HC Deb 31 May 1938 vol 336 cc1851-2W
Captain P. Macdonald

asked the Secretary of State for War whether he will investigate the terms under which retired Army officers are voluntarily re-employed in the War Department, with the object of an early review of the present regulations governing these terms, whereby such officers are deprived of the whole of their retired pay, both rank and service elements, irrespective of the status of the appointment held; and whether he is aware that the country loses valuable experience by reason of these terms, which not only deter possible volunteers but cause dissatisfaction among such officers who do volunteer by creating inequities in their actual net remuneration?

Mr. Hore-Belisha:

The terms of re-employment of retired officers under the War Office are of two kinds. Officers in ordinary cases retain their retired pay and receive extra pay in addition. The only cases in which retired pay is suspended are when full pay and allowances appropriate to rank are given according to the appointment held. The number of applicants for both categories is considerable.