§ Sir W. Smiles
asked the Secretary of State for War if he is aware that mercantile firms in Calcutta have put up the salaries of their European assistants by at least 50 per cent. since 1939 and that British Army officers in British units in Calcutta now only draw about the same rate of pay as in 1939, including all allowances; and if he will make some extra allowances to these officers stationed in such an expensive city as Calcutta.
§ Mr. A. Henderson
I have been asked to reply. An extra allowance in the form326W of Calcutta Compensatory Allowance is, in fact, according to my information, issued to British Army officers stationed in Calcutta. The amount of the allowance is as follows:
- Second Lieutenants—Rs. 50 p.m.
- Lieutenants, Captains and Majors—Rs. 75 p.m.
- Lieut.-Colonels and above—Rs 100 p.m.