§ VISCOUNT LEWISHAM (Lewisham)
asked the Under Secretary of State for India, Why increased rates of pay and Indian allowances have not been sanctioned for Inspectors of Army Schools serving in India, on completion of ten years' commissioned service, in conformity with the Royal Warrant; whether promotion to this grade has been provided for in the Indian Army Circulars of 1882; whether any scale of pay has been issued; whether increased rates of 567 pay, &c. have been authorised for issue to all other officers on completion of ten years' service; whether he will state, if this be so, why Inspectors of Army Schools are treated in this exceptional manner; and, if he will arrange for suitably increased rates of pay and Indian allowances to be issued to Major W. Robinson, Retired List, who served in India as Inspector, after ten years' service as Sub-Inspector, without any increase of pay, the officials not having sanctioned the application of the Royal Warrant to India, by which he suffered very material loss, as he was serving in India on less pay and allowance than Inspectors junior to him were then actually receiving at Home stations?
THE UNDER SECRETARY OF STATE (Mr. STAFFORD HOWARD)
My Predecessor in Office (Sir Ughtred Kay-Shuttle worth), replying to a Question of the noble Viscount on March 11, explained the position of Inspectors and Sub-Inspectors of Army Schools under the Royal Warrant of 1881. To the explanation then given, I think I need only add that in 1884 a new scale of pay was adopted for these officers, by which they received a consolidated salary, beginning at Rs.270 monthly, and increasing to Rs.300, Rs.350, and Rs.400, after five, 10, and 15 years' service. In accordance with the usual practice, these rates came into force, without retrospective effect, from the date of the Order sanctioning them. The Secretary of State in Council does not propose to recommend the Government of India to make any further alterations affecting the scale of pay, or to exempt Major Robinson from the operation of the Rules of the Service.