Royal Engineer Lieutenants (Pay and Allowances)

Oral Answers to Questions — Public Health – in the House of Commons on 15th October 1942.

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Photo of Major-General Sir Alfred Knox Major-General Sir Alfred Knox , Wycombe

asked the Secretary of State for India the pay per month of a lieutenant of the Royal Engineers while serving in India; the allowance he receives for his wife and two children in England; and the Indian Income Tax, if any, that is deducted from these sums?

Photo of Lieut-Colonel Leo Amery Lieut-Colonel Leo Amery , Birmingham Sparkbrook

I shall take an emergency commissioned officer who has elected the new code of allowances. His pay and allowances amount to Rs. 545 a month, plus Rs, 170 a month family allowance—total Rs. 715 a month, on which Rs. 60 a month income tax will be payable.

Photo of Major-General Sir Alfred Knox Major-General Sir Alfred Knox , Wycombe

Does not the right hon. Gentleman consider that this amount is rather large for a war-time soldier who has left home and gone out to India to serve?

Photo of Lieut-Colonel Leo Amery Lieut-Colonel Leo Amery , Birmingham Sparkbrook

I agree that the Indian rate of Income Tax does seem disproportionately to reduce the advantage to officers serving in India in certain cases, but I will look into the matter.