asked the Secretary of State for War whether, seeing that 500 in-pensioners of Chelsea Hospital receive £2,939 in pay and 16 officials receive £5,528, in addition to retired pay in the cases of the governor, lieutenant-governor, and six captains of invalids, he will consider whether some reduction can be made in the emoluments of the higher officials and an increase made in the pay of the pensioners?
The 16 officials referred to receive their pay for the performance of specific duties as prescribed by the Royal Warrant for the government of the hospital. The in-pensioners, who are not required to perform any duties in return for their maintenance in the hospital, also receive pay at amounts varying from 3d. up to 1s. 6d. a day, which is in the nature of pocket money. I do not consider there is room for any such adjustment as the hon. Member suggests.