80. Mr. H. D. Hughes
asked the Secretary of State for War, whether he will arrange for war excess pay to be granted to officers who rejoined on short service commissions after 1st July, 1946.
§ Mr. J. Freeman
The war excess arrangements were designed to ensure that136W officers already serving on 3oth June, 1946, did not suffer a reduction in pay on the introduction of the new pay code on 1st July, 1946. War excess continues to be paid so long as service on the active list is continuous, but I regret that it is not possible to extend the arrangement to cases where there has been a break in service, except where the officer had applied in writing for a Regular commission before proceeding on release leave. As an exceptional and temporary measure, officers who applied in writing before the end of their release leave, and who rejoin for duty as soon as they are ordered to do so, may receive war excesses; this arrangement applies only to applications made before 3oth September, 1947