§ Sir E. Graham-Little
asked the Secretary of State for War whether he is aware of the anomaly of pay which exists between retired officers of the same rank in the Royal Army Medical Corps, who were employed before the outbreak of war, under the Royal Warrant of Pay, 1931, Article 520 A (or 1940, Article 498 A), and those taken into employment after mobilisation, September 1939; and as the former, who elected to serve in peace, are being held to their engagements without any pay revision or allowance for the increase in work and responsibilities out of all proportion to their original contracts whether he will allow these officers to accept service under Article 518 of 1931 (Article 496 of 1940)?
§ Sir E. Grigg
Retired Royal Army Medical Corps officers employed during peace on a contract under which they receive a rate of pay in addition to their retired pay are one of several categories of re-employed retired officers employed during peace. It has been the practice since the war began to hold such officers to their peace conditions where the duties have remained unchanged. Where such officers have transferred to other duties involving a liability to move and serve at any station according to military requirements, or where the peace-time duties have changed in character involving automatic liability to serve anywhere according to military requirements, the officers have974W been transferred to full pay and allowances, their retired pay ceasing. In general, the peace-time Royal Army Medical Corps retired officers have continued to serve in their peace-time stations, but a number who have changed their stations and accepted general liability for service have been restored to full pay, and this would be applied in any future cases where general liability for service, with forfeiture of any peace-time contract rights, is accepted.