§ Mr. H. TERRELL
asked the Financial Secretary to the War Office whether the Government is prepared to introduce a measure providing for the increase of pay of all ranks in the Army, and particularly for the increase of the pay of regimental officers in the Army; whether he is aware that there are many lieutenants and second- 1004W lieutenants in the Army who have, on joining the Army, given up their civilian sources of income and have now to maintain themselves and, in addition, in many cases a wife and family, on about half the pay earned by a collier, and that there are many second-lieutenants who are commanding companies, with all the responsibility and labour attaching to such command, upon pay equal to that received by a bricklayer's assistant, who works ten hours a day in London; and whether, seeing that the rates of pay were fixed in prewar times, when all officers were expected to be possessed of private incomes, and that the rate of pay was justified by the fact that part of an officer's pay is represented by pensions and gratuities on his leaving the Service, he proposes to take any action in the matter?
§ Mr. FORSTER
I would refer my hon. Friend to the answer given by my right hon. Friend the Prime Minister to the hon. Member for Hartley on the 12th October.