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1907 07 12
Surveying Pay
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 twenty-sixth day of June, 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 the regulations governing the payment of surveying pay to the Officers of Your Majesty's Naval Service do not at present admit of Officers appointed for surveying duties to a ship commissioning at home for surveying service abroad commencing to draw surveying pay until the date of the arrival of the ship on the station to which she is to be attached, or, if actual surveying work is to be carried out on passage, until the date of arrival at the place where such work is to be undertaken :

And whereas we consider it desirable that all Officers employed on surveying duties should in this respect be placed upon the same footing as Officers appointed for gunnery, torpedo, and navigating duties who receive the allowances attaching to their special duties from the date of joining the ships to which they are appointed:

We beg leave humbly to recommend that Your Majesty will be graciously pleased, by Your Order in Council, to sanction the regulations of Your Majesty's Naval Service being amended to provide that Officers appointed for surveying duties to a surveying ship commissioning or recommissioning at home for service abroad shall draw the surveying pay attaching to such appointment from the date of joining the ship, with retrospective effect to cover certain individual cases which have recently been under our consideration:

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.


1910 08 09
Survey Pay - Periods for which Qualified
And whereas by Article 1412 clause two of the Regulations for the Government of Your Majesty's Naval Service it is provided that Officers when transferred from one Survey to another for the benefit of the Service and not at their own request shall continue their Surveying Pay without a break:

And whereas we consider it desirable that Surveying Officers appointed to the Hydrographic Department of the Admiralty should receive Surveying Pay when proceeding direct to or from a survey at home or abroad:

We beg leave humbly to recommend that Your Majesty may be graciously pleased by Your Order in Council to sanction the Hydrographic Department being treated as though it were a Home Survey for the purposes of the above mentioned regulation:

We would further submit that this proposal may take effect as from the 1 January, 1910


1913 02 18
Survey Pay - Marines
And whereas by Order in Council of His late Majesty, of 15th February, 1909; sanction was given, inter alia, for payment of allowances varying from 6d. to. 1s. 6d. a day, according to proficiency, to duly qualified petty officers and men during employment on special duties in Surveying Vessels:

And whereas we consider it desirable from time to time to employ non-commissioned officers and men of Your Majesty's Royal Marines upon such duties:

We beg leave humbly to recommend that Your Majesty may be graciously pleased by Your Order in Council to sanction the payment of similar allowances to duly qualified non-commissioned officers and men of that force at our discretion as from 19th October, 1912.


1931 11 06
Surveying Pay
At the Court at Buckingham Palace, the 26th day of October, 1931.

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 21st day of October, 1931 (C.W. 8828/31), 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 under various Orders in Council regulations have been made from time to time governing the payment of Surveying Pay to Officers of Your Majesty's Surveying Service:

And whereas under the said regulations Surveying Officers are eligible to receive Surveying Pay only while engaged on active surveying duties or on hydrographic duties:

And whereas we are of the opinion that Surveying Pay should continue to be paid to Surveying Officers while undergoing courses of instruction in meteorology and gyro-compasses:

We beg leave humbly to recommend that Your Majesty may be graciously pleased, by Your Order in Council, to sanction the continuous payment of Surveying Pay to Surveying Officers at the rates appropriate to their grades while undergoing the courses in question.

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.
M. P. A. Hankey.


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