§ Sir R. Glyn
asked the Secretary of State for Air if he will give, in the form of a table, the basic rates of pay and allowances, each separately, and with the variations due to the theatre of operations in which the officer is serving and the conditions under which he is living, of all officers of and below the rank of group-captain indicating officers who are pilots or members of air crews and those whose duties are otherwise.
§ Sir A. Sinclair
I append tables shoWinģ for officers of the rank of Group-Captain and below:
- (a) daily rates of pay
- (b) daily rates of allowances normally payable when provision in kind is not available.
DAILY RATES OF ALLOWANCES NORMALLY PAYABLE TO ROYAL AIR FORCE OFFICERS OF THE RANK OF GROUP CAPTAIN AND BELOW WHEN PROVISION IN KIND IS NOT AVAILABLE. Rank. Servant Allowance Field Allowance (d). Ration Allowance Single rates of lodging, fuel and light allowances. These allowances are paid to unmarried officers and to married officers separated from their families by the exigencies of the service to enable them to provide themselves with accommodation. Allowances payable in respect of families in United Kingdom. These vary according to circumstances as set out in Columns 7–11 below. Officers commissioned before 1/1/42 who are over 30 or bold substantive or war substantive rank above flight lieutenant and who have not elected to receive the rates shown in columns 10 and 11. These rates do not vary with the size of the family. Officers commissioned before 1/1/42 who are under 30 or hold substantive or war substantive rank below squadron leader and who have not elected to receive the rates shown in column 10 (h) Officers commissioned on or after 1/1/42 and other officers who have elected to receive these rates (h). In U.K. In Mediterranean area. Living with family (g). Separated from family (h) Flt. Lt. and below. S/Ldr. and above. (1) (2) (3) (4) (5) (6) (7) (8) (9) (10) (11) s. d. s. d. s. d. s. d. s. d. s. d. s. d. s. d. s. d. s. d. Flying Officer and below 2 0 2 0 2 10 3 5(e) 6 0(e) 7 7 7 6 Wife only … 3 0 4 0 4 0 Flt. Lieutenant 2 0 3 0 2 10 3 5(e) 6 0(e) 10 2 8 6 Wife and 1 child 4 6 7 0 6 0 Squadron Leader 2 0 3 6 2 10 5 8 9 4 10 3 8 6 Wife and 2 children. 5 6 8 6 7 6 Wind Commander 2 0 3 6 2 10 7 6 12 4 10 4 9 6 Each additional child. Nil 1 0 1 0 Group Captain 4 0 3 6 2 10 9 0 12 4 12 8 9 6 Additional for officer living with family. as in Col. 5(f) 1 0 1 0 (a) With the exception of the rates in col. 6 the above rates are applicable to officers and their families in the U.K. Varying rates are payable at stations abroad, and in the case of families the rates payable depend partly on the country in which the family is residing and also the circumstances in which it proceeded there. Colonial allowance at varying rates is payable in addition at most stations abroad, but in the Mediterranean area a combined colonial and field allowance of 4s. 6d. a day is instead paid to all officers. The current rates of ration allowance in the Mediterranean area are Egypt 5s. 2d., Palestine 5s. 0d., Syria 5s. 6d., Cyprus 4s. 3d., and Malta 4s. 4d. (d) Field allowance is paid, except in the Meditarranean area, to officers who are required for service reasons to occupy accommodation which is completely unfurnished. (e) Officers below the rank of squadron leader who are unable, for service reasons, to be dining members of a mess are eligible for the squadron leader rates shown in columns 5 and 6. (f) The total amount payable, including the allowance for the family, must not exceed the amount shown in column 7. (b) Officers serving in India receive pay and allowances at rates laid down by the Indian Government. (g) These are the married rates of lodging, furniture, fuel and light allowances. (h) These are the varying rates of consolidated (separated families) allowance. (c) Officers serving in Canada in connection with the Joint Air Training Plan receive R.C.A.F, rates of pay and allowances except that allowances for families not in Canada are at the rates shown in columns 8–11 as appropriate
§ Sir R. Glyn
asked the Secretary of State for Air whether there have been any increases or decreases and, if so, of what nature, of the net basic pay and allowances of R.A.F. officers and of other officers now serving with the R.A.F. of and below the rank of group-captain since September 1939.
§ Sir A. Sinclair
Officers of the Royal Air Force, the Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve and the Auxiliary Air Force receive the same rates of pay. There have been no changes in the rates of pay since September, 1939, but in order to improve the financial position of junior officers it was decided with effect from 1st October, 1942, to promote pilot officers to the rank of flying officer after six months satisfactory service instead of twelve months.
As for allowances, I append tables shoWinģ:
TABLE SHOWINģ INCREASES SINCE SEPTEMBER, 1939, IN ALLOWANCE PAYABLE IN RESPECT OF FAMILIES IN THE U.K. Rates in existence in September, 1939. Rates introduced on 1.9.41 for officers already in the service who elected to receive these rates and applicable to all officers commissioned on or after 1.1.42. Increased rates introduced on 1.10.42. For officers of the rank of squadron leader and below and in receipt of the rates shown at (b) of Col. 1. For officers of the rank of flight lieutenant and below with one or more children and in receipt of rates shown in Col. 2. (1) (2) (3) (4) s. d. s. d. s. d. (a) Officers under 30 and holding a substantive or war substantive rank below squadron leader: Wife only … 4 0 Acting Pilot Officer. 7 6 Wife and 1 child 7 0 Wife and 1 child 6 0 Wife and 2 children. 8 6 Wife and 2 children. 7 6 Pilot Officer … 7 6 Flying Officer … 7 6 Wife and 3 children. 9 6 s. d. Each additional child. 1 0 Flight Lieutenant. 8 6 Wife only … 3 0 and so on. Wife and 1 child 4 6 (Irrespective of rank and age.) Squadron Leader. 8 6 Wife and 2 or more children 5 6 (b) Officers over 30 or holding a substantive or war substantive rank above flight lieutenant. Irrespective of size of family: s. d. Acting Pilot Officer. 6 0 Pilot Officer … 6 0 Flying Officer … 6 0 Flight Lieutenant 7 6 Squadron Leader 7 6 Winģ Commander 9 6 Group Captain … 9 6 NOTE.—Varying rates are payable if an officer's family is resident abroad, dependent partly on the country of residence and also in some cases the circumstances in which the family proceeded to the particular country.
(i) the increases since September, 1939, in the daily allowance payable in respect of families in the United Kingdom.
(ii) the daily rates of ration and fuel and light allowances in issue in September, 1939, and February, 1944.
Outfit allowance for newly commissioned officers, which stood at £40 in September, 1939, was increased to £45 in January, 1941, and, later, in September, 1942, to £55. These allowances were fixed when officers were required to provide themselves with two suits of service dress. Since November, 1943, newly commissioned officers have been required to provide themselves with a suit of war service dress instead of the second suit of service dress. In consequence the rate of outfit allowance for such officers was reduced in November, 1943, to £45.1271W
DAILY RATES OF RATION AND FUEL AND LIGHT ALLOWANCES IN ISSUE IN SEPTEMBER, 1939, AND FEBRUARY, 1944. September, 1939. February, 1944. Ration Allowance … … … … 2s. 2d. 2s. 10d. Married. Single. Married. Single. Fuel and Light Allowances s. d. s. d. s. d. s. d. Pilot Officer … … … … 1 8 8 2 1 11 Flying Officer … … … … 1 8 8 2 1 11 Flight Lieutenant … … … 2 11 8 3 8 11 Squadron Leader … … … … 3 0 1 4 3 9 1 8 Winģ Commander … … … 3 1 2 6 3 10 3 0 Group Captain … … … … 4 1 2 10 5 2 3 6