HC Deb 13 December 1950 vol 482 cc157-8W
77. Brigadier Clarke

asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Admiralty why men who re-engage to complete time for pension before 1st September are debarred from receiving the bounty of £100 which is available to those who re-engage between 1st September and 31st December, 1950.

Mr. Callaghan

The bounty was introduced as an inducement to men who had not already re-engaged to do so, and it would not assist the present purpose of the scheme to make it retrospective. The limiting dates of 1st September, 1950, and 31st December, 1951, are common to the three Services.

86. Captain Ryder

asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Admiralty if he will make a statement regarding the effects of the recent pay increases and re-engagement bounty on numbers of ratings re-engaging to complete pensionable service.

Mr. Callaghan

It is not possible to make a reliable comparison because all ratings are being retained and need not yet make up their minds about re-engagement. But there are indications that the re-engagement rate is rising.