§ Mr. Silkin
asked the Secretary of State for War, with regard to men who, for periods of several months, are appointed as acting lance-corporals without increased pay or official status, whether, as this causes considerable dissatisfaction among men so appointed, he will consider a review of the system so that increased responsibility is recognised by increased pay or status, or both?
§ Captain Margesson
All appointments to lance ranks during war time are made initially on an unpaid basis. After holding the appointment for a continuous period of 21 days, the soldier is granted the pay of the appointment retrospectively, provided a vacancy exists on the establishment of paid lance appointments allowed for his unit. Local military commanders are, however, empowered to sanction the temporary appointment, in cases of necessity, of a small number of unpaid lance appointments in excess of the paid establishment. Men filling such additional appointments should be con-432W sidered for paid appointments as vacancies for the latter arise.