Chaplains (Pay)

Oral Answers to Questions — British Army – in the House of Commons on 2nd February 1943.

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Dr. Russell Thomas:

asked the Secretary of State for War the daily rate of pay, after three years' service, of a fourth-class chaplain who holds the rank of captain?

Photo of Sir James Grigg Sir James Grigg , Cardiff East

The pay of a chaplain to the Forces fourth class, who is holding a temporary or emergency commission, is 15s. 4d. a day, irrespective of the length of his service. On his selection for a permanent commission his pay would be 19s. a day.

Dr. Thomas:

In view of the fact that an Army captain gets, after three years' service, 17s. 6d. per day and a captain in the Royal Army Medical Corps gets 24s. 6d. a day, will the Minister consider bringing Army chaplains' into line?

Photo of Sir James Grigg Sir James Grigg , Cardiff East

Army chaplains start at the beginning with the status of captain and pay higher than the pay of a second lieutenant.

Photo of Mr Adam M'Kinlay Mr Adam M'Kinlay , Dunbartonshire

Will the Minister give an assurance that he will introduce a system of payment by results?

Dr. Thomas:

In view of the inadequate nature of the reply, I beg to give notice that I will raise the matter on the Adjournment at the first opportunity.