§ 120. Mr. Mallalieu
asked the First Lord of the Admiralty whether he is now in a position to announce the new rates of pay for warrant officers.
Yes, Sir. I am now in a position to inform the House of the revised rates of pay which will come into force on 1st July for R.N. and R.M. Warrant Officers, and officers promoted therefrom. The rates represent in all cases an improvement on those previously prevailing. The following are the details:
In accordance with the principle of pay parity between branches already approved for commissioned officers, the following rates will apply to warrant officers and officers promoted therefrom of all categories, whether mechanical or non-mechanical. Also on the principle of the new code for commissioned officers, all forms of extra pay, except sea-going command money and flying and submarine pay, will be abolished.
The starting rate for warrant officers will be 19s. a day with biennial increments of 1s. up to 23s. a day. Ratings, who on 341W promotion to warrant rank have had considerable service as ratings, will enter the scale at a rate in excess of 19s., and will continue to receive the excess during service in the rank of warrant officer until the maximum of 23s. is reached.
Substantive promotion to commissioned officer from warrant officer will be by selection from a zone of five to nine years' seniority. Pay on promotion to this rank will be 24s. a day with biennial increments of 1s. up to 29s.
Promotion to lieutenant will be by selection with a starting rate of 30s. a day and biennial increments of 1s. 6d. to 34s. 6d.
Promotion to lieutenant-commander will be made at eight years' seniority as lieutenant with a starting rate of 36s. and biennial increments of 2s. up to 40s.
Marriage Allowance will be payable under the conditions applicable to commissioned officers. The standard rate of marriage allowance for warrant officers and officers promoted therefrom will accordingly be 12s. 6d. a day. They will also be eligible for the supplementary marriage allowance under conditions applicable to commissioned officers of rank of lieutenant-commander and below.
The arrangements outlined above will also apply to R.M. warrant officers and officers promoted therefrom, whose conditions of promotion will be assimilated to those of the R.N. warrant officer classes. These arrangements do not apply to schoolmasters who in future will not belong to the warrant officer category.