HC Deb 28 January 1941 vol 368 cc431-2W
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- sidered for paid appointments as vacancies for the latter arise.

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