§ 134. Sir J. Lucas
asked the Secretary of State for War if he is aware that a captain, R.N., after six years in that rank, qualifies for a pension of £900 per annum and that officers of the equivalent rank in the Army and R.A.F., in the same seniority in that rank, qualify only for £825; and if he will take steps to remedy this anomaly.
§ Mr. Bellenger
There is no substantive rank in the Royal Navy which corresponds to the existing substantive rank of air-commodore in the R.A.F. and the proposed substantive rank of brigadier in the Army. In consequence a captain, R.N., continues to serve in that rank until he is selected for promotion to rear-admiral or retires, whereas a proportion of colonels and group-captains are promoted to brigadier and air-commodore and begin to reckon service for retired pay at the higher rate immediately on promotion. The retired pay rates in Appendix III of Command 6750 were fixed with this consideration in mind.