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Interpreters - Allowances and Rules etc.

1907 07 12
Interpreters in Chinese
At the Court at Buckingham Palace, the 6th day of July, 1907.

Present, The King's Most Excellent Majesty in Council.

Whereas there was this day read at the Board a Memorial from the Right Honourable the Lords Commissioners of the Admiralty, dated the first day of July, one thousand nine hundred and seven, in the words following, viz.:-

Whereas by section three of the Naval and Marine Pay and Pensions Act, 1863, etc.

And whereas by Your Majesty's Orders in Council of the seventh day of March, one thousand nine hundred and four, and the seventh day of August, one thousand nine hundred and five, Your Majesty was pleased to approve of certain Regulations affecting Officers of Your Majesty's Navy and Royal Marines studying Foreign Languages abroad :

And whereas we are of opinion that further provision should be made to encourage Naval Officers to acquire a knowledge of the Chinese language :

We beg leave humbly to recommend that Your Majesty may be graciously pleased by Your Majesty's Order in Council to sanction the payment of the prescribed Naval rates of lodging and provision allowances to Naval and Marine Officers studying in China, in addition to the full pay of their rank and also the payment of passage expenses out to Peking and home, as may be necessary:

The Lords Commissioners of Your Majesty's Treasury have signified their concurrence in this proposal.

His Majesty, having taken the said Memorial into consideration, ryas pleased, by and with the advice of His Privy Council etc.
W. FitzRoy.


1908 10 27
Interpreters in Japanese
At the Court at Buckingham Palace, the 19th day of October, 1908.

Present, The King's Most Excellent Majesty In Council.

Whereas there was this day read at the Board a Memorial from the Right Honourable the Lords Commissioners of the Admiralty, dated the seventh day of October, one thousand nine hundred and eight, in the words following, viz. :

Whereas by section three of the Naval and Marine Pay and Pensions Act, 1865, etc.

And whereas by Your Majesty's Orders in Council of 7th March, 1904, and 28th July, 1906, Your Majesty was pleased to approve of certain regulations for the purpose of encouraging the study of Foreign Languages by Officers of Your Majesty's Navy and Royal Marines:

And whereas under those regulations the maximum period for which Officers are allowed to study in Japan on full pay, with a view to qualifying as Interpreters in the Japanese language, is twelve months

And whereas we are of opinion that it is desirable to extend this period in certain cases to enable Officers to acquire a more thorough knowledge of the language :

We beg leave humbly to recommend that Your Majesty may be graciously pleased by Your Order in Council to authorize us, at our discretion, to allow any Officer who is likely to profit by a longer period of study to remain in Japan on full pay for two years, subject to the condition that there shall not be more than three Officers at any one time studying the language, and that they shall be included in the total number of twenty now allowed to be abroad at the same time for the study of modern languages.

The Lords Commissioners of Your Majesty's Treasury have signified their concurrence in this proposal.

His Majesty, having taken the said Memorial into consideration, was pleased, by and with the advice of His Privy Council, etc.
W. FitzRoy.


1910 10 21
Interpreters in Japanese
At the Court at Saint James's, the 13th October, 1910.

Present, The King's Most Excellent Majesty in Council.

Whereas there wile this day read at the Board a Memorial from the Right Honourable the Lords Commissioners of the Admiralty of 17th September, 1910, in the words following, viz. :

Whereas by section three of the Naval and Marine Pay and Pensions Act, 1865, etc.

And whereas by His late Majesty's Orders in Council of 7th March, 1904, and the 7th August, 1905, provision was made for the pay and allowances of Naval and Marine Officers studying in Japan, and for the grant of gratuities on passing :

And whereas by His late Majesty's Order in Council of 19th October, 1908, authority was obtained to allow Officers to study the language for two years in cases where it is of advantage that they should do so :

And whereas we are of opinion that the conditions governing the grant of the allowances and gratuities to Officers studying in Japan require revision :

We beg leave humbly to recommend that Your Majesty may be graciously pleased by Your Order in Council to sanction the following :

  1. A consolidated allowance of one hundred and fifty pounds a year to be paid to officers studying in Japan in lieu of the present Lodging and Provision Allowances.
  2. The gratuity for those who study for two years and who pass the Examination successfully to be two hundred pounds.
  3. The gratuity for those who study for one year only to be one hundred pounds.
  4. The gratuity to be paid in instalments of fifty pounds at the end of the first and second six months subject to the candidate passing the test on each occasion, the additional one hundred pounds for those who remain for two years being paid on finally passing the Higher Standard.
  5. These proposals to be retrospective so far as concerns Officers at present studying in Japan who remain for a second year.

The Lords Commissioners of Your Majesty's Treasury have signified their concurrence in these proposals.

His Majesty having taken the said Memorial into consideration, was pleased, by and with the advice of His, Privy Council, to approve of what is therein proposed. And the Right Honourable the Lords Commissioners of the Admiralty are to give the necessary directions herein accordingly.
Almeric FitzRoy.


1914 03 17
Japanese Interpreters
At the Court at Buckingham Palace, the 9th day of March, 1914.

Present, The King's Most Excellent Majesty in Council.

Whereas there was this day read at the Board a Memorial from the Right Honourable the Lords Commissioners of the Admiralty, dated the 19th day of February, 1914, in the words following, viz.:

Whereas by section 3 of the Naval and Marine Pay and Pensions Act, 1865, etc.

And whereas by His late Majesty's Orders in Council bearing dates the 7th day of March, 1904, and the 19th day of October, 1908, sanction was given to certain regulations enabling officers of Your Majesty's Navy and Royal Marines to study in Japan on full pay with a view to qualifying as Interpreters in the Japanese language :

And whereas we are of opinion that it is desirable to make arrangements for officers who have so qualified to proceed to Japan subsequently for short courses of study to enable them to maintain their knowledge of the language, after such intervals and for such periods as may be agreed upon with the Lords Commissioners of Your Majesty's Treasury :

We beg leave humbly to recommend that Your Majesty may be graciously pleased by Your Order in Council to authorize us to allow such officers to study in Japan on full pay accordingly.

The Lords Commissioners of Your Majesty's Treasury have signified their concurrence in this proposal.

His Majesty having taken the said Memorial into consideration, was pleased, by and with the advice of His Privy Council, to approve of what is therein proposed. And the Right Honourable the Lords Commissioners of the Admiralty are to give the necessary directions herein accordingly.
Almeric FitzRoy.


1914 07 21
Study of Foreign Languages
And whereas by Orders in Council of His late Majesty, bearing date the 7th .March, 1904, and the 28th July, 1906, respectively, certain regulations were laid down governing the study of Foreign Languages abroad by Officers of Your Majesty's Navy and Royal Marines:

And whereas we are of opinion that further steps should be taken to encourage the acquisition of a knowledge of Foreign Languages by such Officers:

We beg leave humbly to recommend that Your Majesty may be graciously pleased, by Your Order in Council, to sanction the extension of the existing regulations so as to provide for the study of Foreign Languages by Naval and Marine Officers in their own time under the following conditions:

  1. A number of Officers not exceeding 30 per annum to be allowed at our discretion to qualify in their own time in the Languages specified for Officers studying abroad.
  2. Gratuities to be payable on qualification in those Languages according to the standard attained on qualification and the scale in force at the time for Officers qualifying after study abroad.
  3. Officers, who qualify in Foreign Languages under the foregoing conditions to be eligible for appointment as Interpreter, according to. the standard attained on qualification, under the same regulations as to employment and remuneration as those applicable to Officers who qualify after study abroad.

1921 04 08
Interpreters in Roumanian
At the Court at Buckingham Palace, the 5th day of April, 1921.

Whereas there was this day read at the Board a Memorial from the Right Honourable the Lords Commissioners of the Admiralty, dated the 22nd March, 1921 (C.W. 1618/21), in the words following, viz. :

And whereas by His late Majesty's Orders in Council 7 March, 1904, and 28 July, 1906, and Your Majesty's Order in Council of 16th July, 1914, regulations were laid down to govern the qualification of Officers as Interpreters in certain modern foreign languages :

And whereas we consider it desirable that provision should be made for Officers of Your Majesty's Fleet to become qualified as Interpreters in Roumanian :

We beg leave humbly to recommend that Your Majesty may be graciously pleased by Your Order in Council to approve of Officers being allowed at our discretion to qualify as Interpreters in the Roumanian language under the same general conditions as are laid down in the aforesaid Orders in Council for Officers qualifying in modern Greek:


1928 06 24
Officers - Interpreters - Revision of Rules
At the Court at Buckingham Palace, the 13th day of, July, 1928.

Present, The King's Most Excellent Majesty in Council.

Whereas there was this day read at the Board a Memorial from the Right Honourable the Lords Commissioners of the Admiralty, dated the 11th day of July, 1928 (C.W. 1630/28), in the words following, viz.:-

Whereas by Section 3 of the Naval and Marine Pay and Pensions Act, 1865, it is enacted, inter alia, that all pay, pensions or other allowance's in the nature thereof payable in respect of services in Your Majesty's Naval or Marine Force to a person being or having been an Officer, Seaman or Marine therein, shall be paid in such manner and subject to such restrictions, conditions and provisions as are from time to time directed by Order in Council:

And whereas by Orders in Council bearing dates the 7th March 1904, the 7th August 1905, the 11th May 1906, the 28th July 1906, the 6th July 1907, the 19th October 1908, the 13th October 1910, the 9th March 1914, the 16th July 1914 and the 5th April 1921, regulations were laid down to govern the qualification of Officers of Your Majesty's Navy and Royal Marines as Interpreters in certain modern foreign languages :

And whereas we consider it desirable to modify and supplement the above regulations:

We beg leave humbly to recommend that Your Majesty may be graciously pleased, by Your Order in Council, to approve of the regulations shown in the attached Schedules, in substitution for those given in the Orders in Council above referred to. -

The Lords Commissioners of Your Majesty's Treasury have signified their concurrence in this proposal.

Schedule I.

  1. Officers R.N. of or below the actual or relative rank of Commander and Officers R.M. of or below the rank of Major, who are desirous of qualifying for Interpreter in any of the languages mentioned in Schedule II, and Officers holding the actual rank of Captain R.N. may be allowed, at Admiralty discretion, to study abroad on full pay for the times specified, provided that not more than 15 Officers of all grades shall be allowed to be abroad for study on full pay at the same time.
  2. Full pay to be granted without any condition as to subsequent qualification in the language and the period for which it may be granted to count as ‘service.' No allowances in addition to full pay to be granted, except in the case of Officers studying in Japan, other than specialist allowance to Lieutenants and Lieutenant-Commanders who have qualified as specialists.
  3. In addition to the number allowed to study abroad, a number of Officers (not exceeding 24 in any one year) to be allowed, at Admiralty discretion, to qualify in their own time in the languages specified for Officers studying abroad.
  4. Gratuities to be payable to the above Officers on qualification in the various languages specified, according to the scale given in Schedule II, under such conditions as the Admiralty may lay down, except that Captains R.N. will be eligible for gratuities at the lower rate only.
  5. Officers R.N. of or below the actual or relative rank of Commander and Officers R.M of or below the rank of Major, to be eligible for qualification and appointment, at Admiralty discretion, as Interpreter (Higher Standard) or Acting Interpreter (Lower Standard), but Captains R.N. not to be eligible for appointment either as Interpreter or Acting Interpreter. Officers appointed as Interpreters or Acting Interpreters to receive allowances as shown in Schedule II.
  6. Officers on the list of Interpreters to requalify, under such regulations as the Admiralty may lay down, and prior to reexamination, to be allowed, at Admiralty discretion, full pay during study abroad for a period not exceeding one month (or in the case of Japanese, for such periods as may be laid down by the Admiralty with the concurrence of the Treasury) under the conditions laid down in paragraph 2. No gratuities; however, are to be payable.
  7. Acting Sub-Lieutenants R.N. and Probationary 2nd Lieutenants R.M. who receive compulsory instruction in French at the R.N. College, Greenwich, and (E) Officers who receive instruction in French, German or Spanish at the R.N.E. College, Keyham, not to be regarded as eligible to qualify in their own time under paragraph 3 in the languages in which they have been given instruction, but to be allowed to qualify in the Higher or Lower Standard immediately after their Greenwich or Keyham Courses. Officers qualifying under this arrangement to be granted gratuities at the reduced rates of £15 for the higher standard, and £7 10s. for the lower standard, but to be eligible for appointment as interpreter under the same conditions as other Officers. This provision to apply retrospectively to acting Sub-Lieutenants who have qualified as Interpreter or Acting Interpreter in French after the 1st January 1927.
  8. Officers qualified for the instruction in foreign languages of Commissioned and Junior Officers on board R.N. Ships to receive five shillings for each lesson (of one hour's duration), the number of lessons for which payment is made to any individual not to exceed four a week, but no allowance as Interpreter or Acting Interpreter under Schedule II is to be paid on any days on which payment is granted for instruction in the same language under this paragraph.

Schedule II.

  Duration of Residence abroad on full pay, Gratuity on qualifying. Allowance when appointed.
Language. For Higher Standard (Interpreter). For Lower Standard (Acting Interpreter). For Higher Standard. For Lower Standard. As Interpreter. As Acting Interpreter.
 

Months.

Months

   

per diem.

per diem.

     

£

£

s. d.

s. d.

Japanese

36

36

250

225

4 0

2 0

Russian

6

6

150

75

2 6

1 0

Turkish

German

6

4

70

35

2 0

1 0

Dutch

Danish

Swedish

Norwegian

Modern Greek

Italian

4

3

50

25

1 6

1 0

Spanish

Portuguese

French

4

3

50

25

1 6

1 0

           

(See notes).

Notes.- The gratuities for Japanese to be paid in such instalments and under such conditions as may be laid down from time to time. Officers who qualify or requalify as Acting Interpreters in French after the examination held in June, 1928, to receive when appointed as Acting Interpreter, an allowance of 5s. per diem, in lieu of a continuous allowance, payable only on days on which substantial use is made of their knowledge of the language. Other allowance to be payable continuously during appointment. The revised allowances for Japanese to take effect from the 1st April, 1928.

No allowances, in respect of a particular language, to be paid on any day on which payment is given for instruction of Commissioned or Junior Officers in that language under paragraph 8 of Schedule I.

The duration of residence abroad on full pay to be limited in the case of Captains, R.N., to that laid down for the lower standard.

His Majesty, having taken the said Memorial into consideration, was pleased by and with the advice of His Privy Council to approve of what is therein proposed.

And the Right Honourable the Lords Commissioners of the Admiralty are to give the necessary directions herein accordingly.
M. P. A. Hankey.


LG 1930 11 01
Interpreters - Russian
At the Court at Buckingham Palace, the 27th day of October, 1930.

Present, The King's Most Excellent Majesty in Council.

Whereas there was this day read at the Board a Memorial from the Right Honourable the Lords Commissioners of the Admiralty, dated the 13th day of September, 1930, (C.W. 7499/30), in the words following, viz.:-

Whereas by Section 3 of the Naval and Marine Pay and Pensions Act, 1865, it is enacted inter alia that all pay, pensions or other allowances in the nature thereof payable in respect of services in Your Majesty's Naval or Marine Force to a person being, or having been an Officer, Seaman or Marine therein shall be paid in such manner and subject to such restrictions, conditions and provisions as are from time to time directed by Order in Council:

And whereas by Order in Council bearing date the 13th day of July, 1928, revised regulations were laid down to govern the qualification of Officers of Your Majesty's Navy and Royal Marines as Interpreters in certain modern foreign languages:

And whereas. we consider it desirable to modify the regulations relating to qualification as Interpreter in Russian:

We beg leave humbly to recommend that Your Majesty may be graciously pleased, by Your Order in Council, to approve the amendment of Schedule II to the Order in Council above referred to in the manner shown in the Schedule annexed hereto.

The Lords Commissioners of Your Majesty's Treasury have signified their concurrence in the proposal.

Schedule.

The particulars relating to Russian in Schedule II to the Order in Council dated 13th July, 1928, are hereby cancelled and the following substituted:-

  Duration of Residence abroad on full pay. Gratuity on Qualifying. Allowance when appointed.
Language. For Higher Standard (Interpreter). For Lower Standard (Acting Interpreter). For Higher Standard. For Lower Standard. As Interpreter
Per diem.
As Acting Interpreter.
Per diem.
  Months. Months. £ £ s. d. s. d.
Russian 9 6 150 75 2 6 1 0

The duration of appointment abroad will be decided by the Admiralty on the progress made by the candidate in his preliminary studies.

Officers appointed for nine months' study abroad who qualify in the lower standard only will receive a gratuity of £75.

His Majesty, having taken the said Memorial into consideration, was pleased, by and with the advice of His Privy Council, to approve of what is therein proposed.

And the Right Honourable the Lords Commissioners of the Admiralty are to give the necessary directions herein accordingly.
M. P. A. Hankey.


1932 07 29
Interpreters - French
At the Court at Buckingham Palace, the 21st day of July, 1932.

Present, The King's Most Excellent Majesty in Council.

Whereas there was this day read at the Board a Memorial from the Right Honourable the Lords Commissioners of the Admiralty, dated the 12th day of July, 1932 (C.W. 5587/32), in the words following, viz :-

Whereas by Section 3 of the Naval and Marine Pay and Pensions Act, 1865, it is enacted, inter alia, that all pay, pensions, or other allowances in the nature thereof payable in respect of services in Your Majesty's Naval or Marine Force to a person being or having been an Officer, Seaman or Marine therein, shall be paid in such manner and subject to such restrictions, conditions and provisions as are from time to time directed by Order in Council:

And whereas by Order in Council bearing date the 13th July, 1928, regulations were laid down to govern the qualification of Officers of Your Majesty's Navy and Royal Marines as Interpreters in certain modern foreign languages:

And whereas we consider it desirable to supplement the above regulations:

We beg leave humbly to recommend that Your Majesty may be graciously pleased, by Your Order in Council, to approve of the regulations proposed in the attached Schedule.

The Lords Commissioners of Your Majesty's Treasury have signified their concurrence in these proposals.

Schedule.

  1. Officers who have received compulsory instruction in French at the R.N. College, Greenwich, or at the R.N.E. College, Keyham, and who failed, or omitted to qualify as Interpreter in French on completing their course, will only be appointed for the study of French abroad in very special circumstances and the maximum period of such appointment will not exceed 3 months. If they subsequently qualify as Interpreter in French they will be entitled to gratuities on the reduced scale, viz. :- £15 for the higher or £7 10s. for the lower standard; any such cases to come out of the stipulated number allowed to study abroad.
  2. Officers who attain the lower standard in French (Acting Interpreter) on completion of their course at the R.N. College, Greenwich, or at the R.N.E. College, Keyham, and who later attain the higher standard will be eligible for the difference between the lower and higher reduced gratuities, viz. :- £7 10s.

His Majesty, having taken the said Memorial into consideration, was pleased, by and with the advice of His Privy Council, to approve of what is therein proposed.

And the Right Honourable the Lords Commissioners of the Admiralty are to give the necessary directions herein accordingly.
M. P. A. Hankey.


1935 02 22
Interpreter in Africaans Introduced
At the Court at Buckingham Palace, the 21st day of February, 1935.

Present, The King's Moat Excellent Majesty in Council.

Whereas there was this day read at the Board a Memorial from the Right Honourable the Lords Commissioners of the Admiralty, dated the 25th day of January, 1935 (C.W. 10109/34), in the words following, viz. :-

Whereas by Section 3. of the Naval and Marine Pay and Pensions Act, 1865, it is enacted, inter alia, that all pay, pensions, or other allowances in the nature thereof payable in respect of services in Your Majesty's Naval or Marine Force to a person being or having been an Officer, Seaman, or Marine therein, shall be paid an such manner and subject to such restrictions, conditions and provisions as are from time to time directed by Order in Council:

And whereas by Order in Council of the 13th July, 1928, regulations were laid down to govern the qualification of Officers of Your Majesty's Navy and Royal Marines as Interpreters in certain modern foreign languages:

And whereas we are of opinion that such regulations should be supplemented to include the Afrikaans language:

We beg leave humbly to recommend that Your Majesty may be graciously pleased, by Your Order in Council, to authorise us to permit suitable Officers to qualify, without payment of gratuity, as Interpreter or Acting Interpreter in the Afrikaans language and to appoint one Officer on the Africa Station who is so qualified with an allowance at the rate of 2s. or 1s. a day according to the standard of qualification.

The Lords Commissioners of Your Majesty's Treasury have signified their concurrence in these proposals.

His Majesty, having taken the said Memorial into consideration, was pleased, by and with the advice of His Privy Council, to approve of what is therein proposed.

And the Right Honourable the Lords Commissioners of the Admiralty are to give the necessary directions herein accordingly.
H. P. A. Hankey.


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