Constabulary.

Oral Answers to Questions — Palestine. – in the House of Commons on 14th March 1922.

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Photo of Commander Hon. Joseph Kenworthy Commander Hon. Joseph Kenworthy , Kingston upon Hull Central

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asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies what pay and allowances are being offered to the various ranks of the new constabulary for the Middle East; whether this force is to be mounted or unmounted; whether motor transport is to be provided; if so, to what extent; and whether it has yet been decided who is to pay the cost of this force?

Photo of Mr Winston Churchill Mr Winston Churchill , Dundee

The force to which the hon. and gallant Member refers is, I presume, the British section of the Palestine Gendarmerie, which is being formed at present. The proposed rates of pay of this force are as follow:

Per day.
s.d.
Constables100
Sergeants120
Head Constables150
Junior Inspectors200
Senior Inspectors220

with free rations, quarters, arms, equipment, and clothing or an allowance in lieu thereof. In addition, there is a commandant with salary at the rate of £1,000 a year and one or two headquarters officers with pay at appropriate rates. The force will he unmounted, motor transport will be provided on the scale, two light lorries and two box cars for each platoon. The incidence of cost is still under consideration.

Photo of Commander Hon. Joseph Kenworthy Commander Hon. Joseph Kenworthy , Kingston upon Hull Central

Is this Middle East Constabulary to be employed only in Palestine or is it to be used elsewhere?