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Naval Pay and Allowances - 1931 - 1933

1934 01 05
Revision of Naval Pay and Allowances
{It would appear that some of the changes made here reflect the results of the Mutiny at Invergordon in September 1931 ? }
At the Court at Buckingham Palace, the 21st day of December, 1933.

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 18th day of December, 1933 (N. 5334), 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 in consequence of the urgent need of economy in public expenditure it was in the opinion of Your Majesty's Government essential that a substantial reduction in the cost of pay of officers and men of Your Majesty's Fighting Forces should be effected as from the 1st day of October, 1931:

And whereas Your Majesty was graciously pleased by Your Order in Council bearing date the 7th day of February, 1933, to approve of the revised scales of pay and revised regulations regarding the pay and pensions of Naval ratings and ranks of the Royal Marines necessary to effect the desired economy so far as personnel below the rank of officer in the Naval Forces of the Crown were concerned:

And whereas we are of opinion that the said regulations should be so amended as to provide that no Naval rating or rank of the Royal Marines on entering into a fresh engagement subsequently to the 30th day of September, 1931, should suffer immediate loss of substantive pay, and similarly, that no Naval rating or rank of the Royal Marines should on being pensioned be subject to a reduced scale of pension except in respect of service in an engagement entered into subsequently to the 30th day of September, 1931:

And whereas we are of opinion that the regulations approved by Your Order in Council bearing date the 7th day of February, 1933, require modification in certain other respects:

We beg leave humbly to recommend that Your Majesty may be graciously pleased by Your Order in Council to approve the cancellation of the Rules contained in paragraphs 1 to 12 of the second schedule to Your aforesaid Order in Council bearing date the 7th February, 1933, and their replacement by the rules detailed in the Schedule annexed hereto, such rules to have effect in all respects as though they had been incorporated in that Order:

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

Schedule.

Regulations relating to Re-engagement and Pensions.

  1. Continuous Service ratings who, on or before the 30th September, 1931, re-engaged to complete time for pension, Royal Marines who, on or before the 30th September, 1931, re-engaged for a second period, and non-continuous Service ratings who, on the 30th September, 1931, were serving under engagements which enable them to complete 22 years' pensionable service, will retain the rates of pay laid down in Schedule I of the Order in Council of the 7th February, 1933 (hereinafter called the 1931 scale) during the currency of such re-engagement or engagement.
  2. Similar ratings of the Royal Navy or ranks of the Royal Marines who, on or before the 30th September, 1931, had under existing regulations completed the necessary service to qualify for re-engagement to complete time for pension, or in the case of Royal Marines for re-engagement for a second period, and who so re-engaged before the 1st January, 1932, will be paid on the 1931 scale during the currency of such re-engagement.
  3. All ranks of the Royal Marines in receipt of pay on the 1931 scale who had completed, on or before the 30th September, 1931, 10 years' pensionable service, and who, not later than the 30th June, 1932, declared in writing their intention of re-engaging for a second period so soon as such re-engagement is open to them, will continue to receive pay on the 1931 scale during the period for which they ultimately re-engage.
  4. All other men in receipt of pay on the 1931 scale will continue to be paid on that scale until the normal dates of expiration of their engagements current on the 30th September, 1931. Thereafter, if they have re-engaged for further service, they will, except as provided in rule 5 of these regulations, receive pay at the rates laid down in Orders in Council of the 3rd November, 1927, the 1st February, 1926, and the 20th November, 1928 (hereinafter called the 1925 scale).
  5. After the normal dates of expiration of their engagements current on the 30th September, 1931, the men referred to in rule 4 will, except as provided in rule 9 below and so long as their service is continuous, be permitted to retain during any subsequent engagement the actual rate of substantive pay on the 1931 scale to which they were previously entitled, until by increment of advancement they become entitled to a higher rate on the 1925 scale. The provision in this rule is hereinafter referred to as payment on the mark-time basis.
  6. Members of the Royal Naval Shore Signal Service and the Royal Marine Police in receipt of pay on the 1931 scale will be eligible to be paid on the mark-time basis on re-engagement, provided that there is no break in their service.
  7. Men reverted or disrated from a rating in which they are being paid on the mark-time basis will be paid, in the lower rating to which they are reverted or disrated, on the 1931 scale on the mark-time basis; and on subsequent re-advancement they will be paid on the 1925 scale.
  8. Men who have been advanced from a rating in which they were paid on the mark-time basis to a rating in which they are paid on the 1925 scale, and who are reverted or disrated, will be paid in the lower rating to which they are reverted or disrated on the 1931 scale on the mark-time basis; and on subsequent re-advancement will again be paid on the 1925 scale.
  9. The following shall not be eligible to be paid on the mark-time basis:
    1. Reservists.
    2. Men who re-engage for a further period of five years' continuous service after completing time for pension.
    3. Royal Marines allowed to extend their service without formal re-engagement after completing time for pension.
    4. Pensioners re-engaging on a Non-Continuous Service basis.
    5. Men re-entering subsequent to the 30th September, 1931, after a break in service, unless the Admiralty shall at their discretion otherwise determine.
  10. Pensioners, including members of the Royal Fleet Reserve, Class A, when called up on mobilisation shall be paid on the 1925 scale.
  11. Men belonging to the Royal Fleet Reserve, Class B, Royal Naval Reserve and Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve, on the 30th September, 1931, shall, if they were entitled on that date to receive during training or when called up for service on mobilisation the rates of pay in force prior to the 5th October, 1925, be paid on the 1931 scale during the period of their current enrolment when under training or called up for service as aforesaid. Those enrolling or re-enrolling on or after the 1st October, 1931, shall during training or when called up for service on mobilisation be paid on the 1926 scale.
  12. The provision in paragraph 2 (a), (b) and (c) of Schedule III of Order in Council of the 3rd day of November, 1927, whereby men belonging to the Royal Fleet Reserve, Classes A and B, and Pensioners not belonging to the Royal Fleet Reserve, Class A, receive pay under certain former scales while under training or when called up on mobilisation is hereby cancelled.

  13. Continuous Service ratings who, on or before the 30th September, 1931, re-engaged to complete time for pension, Royal Marines who, on or before the 30th September, 1931, re-engaged for a second period, and Non-Continuous Service Ratings who, on the 30th September, 1931, were serving under engagements which enable them to complete 22 years' pensionable service, will be pensioned on the old (pre-1930) rates of pension.
  14. Similar ratings of the Royal Navy or ranks of the Royal Marines who, on or before the 30th September, 1931, had, under existing regulations, completed the necessary service to qualify for re-engagement to complete time for pension, or, in the case of Royal Marines, for re-engagement for a second period, and who so re-engaged before the lot January, 1932, will be pensioned on the old (pre-1930) rates of pension.
  15. The ranks of the Royal Marines referred to in paragraph 3 of this Schedule will, if ultimately pensioned, be eligible for the old (pre-1930) rates of pension.
  16. Except as provided in Order in Council of the 19th April, 1933, far men of the Royal Navy re-entered after invaliding within 12 months of discharge, or as may be otherwise directed by the Admiralty at their discretion, all naval ratings and ranks of the Royal Marines who re-entered the Service subsequent to the 31st March, 1930, after a break in service, remain eligible only for the rates of pension laid down in order in Council of the 15th May, 1930.
  17. All men not covered by rules 12 to 15 inclusive will count time for long service, disability (non-attributable) and the service element of disablement pension as follows:
    1. All complete years of pensionable service will count for pension at the old (pre-1930) rates.
      1. for Continuous Service Naval ratings and ranks of the Royal Marines, up to the normal date of expiration of their engagement current on the 30th September, 1931, which, for men kept on beyond the expiration of their engagement, who subsequently re-engage, will, for this purpose, be regarded as the day previous to the date of volunteering to re-engage.
      2. far Non-Continuous Service ratings, up to the normal date of expiration of the engagement in which they were serving on the 30th September, 1931, with the proviso that if they shall have been under the necessity of rendering more than 22 years' pensionable service in order to earn the pension normally earned after 22 years, the periods of service which on completing time for Long Service Pension they shall :have rendered before and after the governing date respectively will be scaled down in the proportion that 22 years bear to the whole pensionable service, periods of less than one year's service prior to the governing date being counted as subsequent service.
    2. Where part of qualifying service is reckoned for pension at the old (pre-1930) rates, the remainder will be reckoned at the revised (post-1930) rates.
    3. These men will not be eligible for the increase of the Greenwich Hospital Age pension from 5d. to 9d. a day at the age of 65.
  18. Notwithstanding the above provisions, Continuous Service ratings of the Royal Navy who entered prior to the 1st October, 1921, under Regulations which conferred a claim to a life pension if invalided after 10 years of service on the Continuous Service system, may be granted 1s. a day (service element) for life.
  19. Any of the Naval ratings or ranks of the Royal Marines referred to in rules 12, 13 or 14 above who re-engage for a further five years' continuous service after completing time for pension will, for such re-engagement, receive pay on the 1925 scale, and at the end of this re-engagement be pensioned for the whole of their service on the old (pre-1930) rates of pension. This is to apply equally to any ranks of the Royal Marines referred to in those rules whose service is extended for indefinite periods without formal re-engagement.
  20. Candidates for Mechanician who, after 7 years' continuous service, re-engaged before the 1st October, 1931, for 12 years, are to be treated for purposes of pay as if they had re-engaged to complete time for pension and will be eligible for pay on the 1931 scale and also for the old (pre-1930) pension rates.

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.


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