§ SIR HARRY VERNEY
said, he had to complain of what he felt to be a hardship endured, by certain non-commissioned officers when serving in India. The House might not be aware that when a soldier in India was appointed a non commissioned officer he did not begin to receive the pay which his rank entitled him to until the official return of his predecessor's discharge had reached India from England. He was thus for three or four months, or sometimes longer, doing the duty of sergeant without receiving the pay. This could not be the intention of the House, and he therefore asked the noble Lord the Minister for War to give the matter his attention. No class of men in the army were more entitled to the consideration of the House than the non-commissioned officers, and he thought their case one of peculiar hardship.
§ Motion agreed to.