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Warrant Officers - Special Rates of Pay on Promotion to Make Up for Loss of Marriage Allowance Received as a Rating

1921 03 18
And whereas during the war with Germany allowances under the designation of Children's Allowance and Separation Allowance were granted in respect of the maintenance of the families of married and widower officers and men

And whereas by Section 10 of Schedule V to Your Majesty's Order in Council of 22 January, 1920, the said allowances were abolished as regards Officers as from the 1st day of January, 1920:

And whereas by Your Majesty's Order in Council of 13 August, 1920, it was decided that the Separation Allowance previously paid in respect of ratings and ranks of the Royal Navy and Royal Marines below Officer should be replaced as from the 7th day of October 1920, by a new allowance styled Marriage Allowance:

And whereas in consequence of these arrangements ratings and ranks below Officer became liable to serious loss on promotion to Warrant rank notwithstanding generally higher rates of pay accorded to Warrant Officers:

And whereas we are of opinion that any rating or rank who is married or a widower with a child or children. should, on promotion to Warrant rank, if his emoluments before promotion exceeded the minimum pay of his rank as a Warrant Offices, be allowed at our discretion to enter the scale of pay appropriate to his Warrant rank at a special rate not exceeding the maximum:

And whereas in view of the urgency of the matter an Order to this effect was issued to the Fleet on the 20th day of November, 1920

And whereas we are further of opinion that subject to certain conditions a concession should be made at our discretion to married and widower Warrant Officers promoted before the 20 November, 1920, even though their promotion may have occurred before the introduction of Separation Allowance and may not have entailed loss at the time:

We beg leave humbly to recommend that Your Majesty may be graciously pleased, by Your Order in Council, to empower us at our discretion to grant special rates of pay to Warrant Officers with effect from dates not earlier than the 1st day of January, 1920, in accordance with the regulations set forth in the Schedule annexed hereto.

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

Schedule.

Rules applicable to West Officers promoted on or after 20th November, 1920.

(1) A Warrant Officer promoted to that rank after the 20th November, 1920, who can. show that his daily emoluments (calculated in the manner prescribed in, paragraph (2) below) as a rating on the day preceding the date of his promotion, exceeded his daily rate of full pay as a Warrant Officer on the ordinary scales may be paid at a special rate of full pay determined in the manner prescribed in paragraph (5). hereunder.

(2) The daily emoluments as a rating, on which the comparison between emoluments as a rating and as an Officer is to be made for the purpose of these regulations, are as follow:

  1. Substantive Pay;
  2. Non-Substantive Pay;
  3. Badge Pay
  4. Kit Upkeep Allowance;
  5. Marriage Allowance, at the rates payable an the day preceding that of promotion to Warrant rank.

Rules applicable to Warrant Officers promoted before the 20th November, 1920.

(3) A Warrant Officer promoted before the 20th November, 1920, who can show that his daily emoluments (calculated in the manner prescribed in paragraph (4) below) as a rating on the day preceding the date of his promotion, either exceeded or would haven exceeded his daily emoluments as a Warrant Officer if the rates of pay, non-substantive pay and allowances applicable on the 20th November, 1920, had been then in force, may be paid at a special rate of pay determined in the manner prescribed in paragraph (5) below.

(4) The daily emoluments as a rating on which the comparison between emoluments as a rating and as an Officer is to be made for the purpose of these regulations, are to be determined as follow:

  1. Substantive Pay calculated on rating and seniority on the day preceding that of promotion to Warrant rank, but at the rates in force on the 20th November, 1920.
  2. Non-Substantive Pay payable on the day preceding that of promotion to Warrant rank, but at the rates in force an the 20th Note November, 1920.
  3. Badge Pay calculated on Badges held on the day preceding that of promotion to Warrant rank, but at the rates in force on the 20th November, 1920.
  4. Kit Upkeep Allowance calculated at the daily equivalent of the rate, if any, actually payable to the rating on the day preceding that of promotion to Warrant rank.
  5. Marriage Allowance

(i) Officers promoted before the 1st January, 1920.

The allowance is in all cases to be calculated. in respect of the wife and children under 14 years of age, if any, living on the 1st December, 1919, whether the Officer was married before the date of his promotion or not, and at the rates in force on the 20th November, 1920;

(ii) Officers promoted on or after the 1st January, 1920, but before the 20th November, 1920.

The allowance is in all cases to be calculated in respect of the wife and, children under 14 years of age, if any, living on the day preceding the date of promotion and at the rates in force on the 20th November, 1920.

Rules applicable to all Warrant Officers.

(5) The special rate of pay may be either :

(a) a sum equal to the daily emoluments, calculated in the manner prescribed in paragraph (2) or paragraph (4), whichever be applicable, of the Officer on the day preceding his promotion, whenever the total of such daily emoluments is a multiple of sixpence or

(b) a sum, equal to the next multiple of sixpence above such daily emoluments whenever the total thereof is not a multiple o£ sixpence,

subject to the proviso that, where the special rate thus determined is in excess of the maximum rate of full pay prescribed for the Officer's rank under the Order in Council of the 22nd January, 1920, the special rate shall not exceed that maximum.

(6) (a) Allowances in respect of qualifications which are payable continuously with the ordinary rates of full pay as Warrant Officer (e.g., Dagger Allowance) are not to be paid concurrently with the special rate.

(b) Allowances which depend upon the performance of special duties, such as Command Money and Store Allowance, or which are of a compensatory nature, such as Lodging Money and Provision Allowance, may be paid concurrently with the special rate.

(7) An Officer in receipt of a special rate of pay shall not be granted any increment of pay until such time as under ordinary regulations he may become eligible by length of service as Warrant Officer for a higher rate of the normal scale.

(8) An Officer, however, in receipt of a special rate of pay under these regulations who, after the date of the award thereof, may qualify for an allowance in respect of qualifications (e.g., Dagger Allowance) may be permitted to receive the normal rata of full pay appropriate to his rank and seniority together with the allowance, whenever such payment becomes more to his advantage than the special rate of pay.

(9) A special rate of pay under these regulations shall not be granted to any Warrant Officer from a date earlier than the 1st January, 1920, or the date of his promotion to Warrant rank, whichever be the later date.

His Majesty, having taken the said Memorial inter consideration, was pleased by and with they 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.


1926 01 08
At the Court at Buckingham Palace, the 16th day of December, 1925.

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 December, 1925 (C.W. 4967/25), 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 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 Your Order in Council bearing date the 9th day of March, 1921, special rates of full pay were granted, under certain conditions to married and widower Warrant Officers, Royal Navy and Royal Marines, within the scales prescribed for officers of that rank by Your Order in Council bearing date the 22nd day of January, 1920:

And whereas by Your Order in Council of this date Your Majesty has been graciously pleased to prescribe, inter alia, that all rates of full pay in course of payment to Officers of Your Naval and Marine Force on the 30th day of June, 1924, shall be reduced by approximately five and one-half per cent., with effect from the 1st day of July, 1924

And whereas we are of opinion that certain modifications are necessary in the rules governing the grant of special rates of pay to married and widower Warrant Officers prescribed by Your Order in Council bearing date the 9th day of March, 1921, in consequence of the introduction of such revised rates of full pay (hereinafter referred to and denoted as ‘current rates'):

We beg leave humbly to recommend that Your Majesty may be graciously pleased, by Your Order in Council, to establish the conditions set forth in the attached Schedule, with effect from the 1st day of July, 1924, to be subject to further review on, or after, the 1st day of July, 1927.

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

Schedule

A Warrant Officer who prior to 1st July, 1924, was not entitled to a special rate of pay under Order in Council, dated the 9th March, 1921, by reason of the fact that his emoluments as a rating before promotion (as defined in that Order) were not greater than his former minimum rate of pay as a Warrant Officer on the ordinary scale, shall be eligible for a special rate of pay, if such emoluments (as defined in the following paragraph) exceed his current rate of pay as Warrant Officer.

2. Emoluments as a rating on promotion in such cases shall be taken as:

  1. Pay, badge pay, non-substantive pay and kit upkeep allowance at the rates received at the time of promotion, and
  2. Marriage Allowance calculated with reference to the Officer's condition as regards wife and children at the date of promotion, but at the rates applicable to such condition in force on 1st July, 1924.

3. A special rate of pay granted to a Warrant Officer under the provisions of Order in Council dated the 9th March, 1921, either,

  1. in the circumstances set forth in the first paragraph of this Schedule, or
  2. by virtue of promotion to Warrant rank on or after 1st July, 1924,

shall be calculated to the nearest multiple of 2d. above, if not already a multiple of 2d., instead of to the nearest multiple of 6d. above as laid down in Order in Council dated the 9th March, 1921.

4. A Warrant Officer who was granted a special rate of pay under Order in Council dated the 9th March, 1921, and who subsequently qualified by length of service for a higher rate of pay on the normal scale applicable to his rank shall be allowed to revert to the special rate of pay formerly granted if his current rate of pay on the normal scale is less than such special rate (subject to the special rate not being in excess of the current maximum rate of pay laid down for his rank).

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.


1931 02 17
Accelerated Promotion of Warrant Officers Abolished
At the Court at Buckingham Palace, the 12th day of February, 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 29th day of December, 1930, (C W. 10868/29), 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:

Whereas Your Majesty was graciously pleased by Your Order in Council bearing date the 22nd day of January, 1920, Schedule II, to sanction Regulations governing the promotion of Warrant Officers of the Royal Navy and Officers promoted therefrom:

And whereas certain amendments in those Regulations were approved by Order in Council dated 29th January, 1929:

And whereas we are of opinion that the said Regulations require further amendment:

We beg leave humbly to recommend that Your Majesty may be graciously pleased to approve the revised Regulations set forth in the annexed Schedule.

Schedule.

The Regulations in Clause 5 of Schedule II of Order in Council dated 22nd January, 1920, as amended by Order in Council dated 9th January, 1929, providing for the accelerated promotion by selection of Commissioned Warrant Officers in certain branches, viz., Gunner and Gunner (T), Boatswain, and Engineer, to the rank or equivalent rank of Lieutenant, to be abolished, subject to the proviso that this decision shall not apply to Commissioned Warrant Officers of these branches who may have qualified apart from sea service for accelerated promotion before the 1st January, 1934.

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.


1931 06 05
WOs Special Rates of Pay
At the Court at Buckingham Palace, the 19th day of May, 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 1st day of May, 1931, (C.W. 10736/30), 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 Your Orders in Council bearing dates the 9th day of March, 1921, and the 16th day of December, 1925, we were empowered to grant special rates of pay to certain married and widower Warrant Officers whose promotion to Warrant rank would otherwise involve pecuniary loss

And whereas we are of opinion that in fixing such special rates of pay we should be permitted to take into account the mess subscription of 1s. a day for which, on promotion, Warrant Officers become liable:

We beg leave humbly to recommend that Your Majesty may be graciously pleased by Your Order in Council to authorize us to grant to any such married and widower Warrant Officers special rates of pay do accordance with the regulations set forth in the Schedule annexed hereto.

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

Schedule.

Regulations for the Grant of Special Rates of Pay to Warrant Officers of the Royal Navy and Royal Marines who Before Promotion to Warrant Rank were Married or Widowers Eligible for Marriage Allowance.

  1. Subject to Rule 6 below, any Warrant Officer to whom a special rate of pay may have been granted under the Orders in Council of the 9th March, 1921, or the 16th December, 1925, may be granted, whenever it would be more advantageous to him than the normal rate of full pay appropriate to his rank and seniority, a special rate of pay greater by 1s. a day than the special rate previously granted to him.
  2. Subject to Rule 6 below, any Warrant Officer at present serving, to whom a special rate of pay has not hitherto been awarded, and any rating or marine rank hereafter promoted to Warrant rank whose rate of full pay, if calculated on the normal scale applicable to his rank and seniority, would be less than 1s. in excess of his daily emoluments as a rating, calculated in the manner prescribed in Rule 3 below, may be granted a special rate of full pay greater by 1s. a day than such daily emoluments as a rating, provided that immediately before his promotion to Warrant rank he was married or a widower with a child or children to, or in respect of whose wife or child or children marriage allowance was in course of payment.
  3. The daily emoluments as a rating on which the comparison between emoluments as a rating and full pay as an officer is to be made for the purpose of Rule 2, are to be based on the daily rates of Substantive and Non-Substantive Pay, Badge Pay, Kit Upkeep Allowance, and Marriage Allowance, of which the officer was in receipt on the day preceding that of his promotion to Warrant rank, subject to the following provisos :
    1. Where the total daily emoluments as a rating thus determined are not an exact multiple of 2d., they shall be deemed to be a sum equal to the next multiple of 2d.;
    2. Where the full pay of an officer, although at the date of his promotion at least 1s. in excess of his daily emoluments as a rating, has since ceased, or may hereafter cease, to be so as the result of a general reduction in his scale of pay, marriage allowance shall be calculated at the rates in force at the date of such reduction, but with reference to the Officer's condition as regards wife and children on the day preceding that of his promotion to Warrant rank.
  4. ..
    1. An officer in receipt of a special rate of pay under these regulations shall not be permitted to receive concurrently the specialist allowance which is payable continuously in respect of qualification in advanced gunnery, but an officer to whom a special rate of pay under these regulations has been granted, and who, after the date of the award thereof may qualify for such specialist allowance may be permitted to receive the normal rate of full pay appropriate to his rank and seniority, together with the allowance when such payment is more to his advantage than the special rate of pay.
    2. Allowances which depend on the performance of special duties, such as Command Money and Store Allowance, or which are of a compensatory nature such as lodging money and provision allowance, may be paid concurrently with the special rate of pay.
  5. An officer in receipt of a special rate of pay under these regulations shall not be granted any increment of pay until such time as under ordinary regulations he may become eligible by length of service as Warrant Officer for a higher rate on the normal scale, but any officer who has qualified by length of service for a higher rate of pay on the normal scale applicable to his rank shall be allowed, subject to the maximum prescribed in Rule 6 below, to revert to the special rate of pay previously granted if his current rate of pay on the normal scale become less than such special rate.
  6. No officer shall receive a special rate of pay under these regulations from a date earlier than the 1st December, 1930, or the date of his promotion to Warrant rank if later, and no officer shall receive a special rate of pay greater that the maximum rate of pay on the normal scale prescribed from time to time for his rank.

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.


1934 12 25
Warrant Officers - Pay and Allowances on Promotion from Rating
At the Court at Buckingham Palace, the 20th day of December, 1934.

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 November, 3934, (C.W. 7889/34), 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 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 Your Orders in Council bearing dates the 9th day of March, 1921, the 16th day of December, 1925, and the 19th day of May, 1931, Your Majesty was pleased to empower us, subject to certain conditions, to grant special rates of full pay to married and widower Warrant Officers of the Royal Navy and Royal Marines whose promotion to warrant rank would otherwise involve them in pecuniary loss:

And whereas such special rates of full pay are based upon the emoluments of the rating held immediately prior to promotion to warrant rank and are therefore not variable on account of subsequent changes in the pay of ratings:

And whereas in consequence of the urgent need of economy in public expenditure, the pay of certain men of the Royal Navy and Royal Marines was reduced with effect from the 1st day of October, 1931, and Your Majesty was pleased accordingly by Your Order in Council bearing date the 7th day of February, 1933, to approve of revised scales of pay for such men

And whereas certain of the men whose pay was thus reduced have in consequence on subsequent promotion to Warrant rank either been rendered ineligible for special rates of pay as Warrant Officer or been rendered eligible for special rates of pay at such lower than would otherwise have been granted to them:

And whereas we are of opinion that such Warrant Officers should, like the ratings from whom they were promoted, derive benefit from any improved scales of pay which may from time to time be granted to the men concerned an account of an improvement in the state of the national finances:

And whereas improved conditions have rendered it possible, in the opinion of Your Majesty's Government, to increase the scales of pay of the men whose pay was thus reduced and Your Majesty was graciously pleased by Your Order in Council bearing date the 29th day of June, 1934, to sanction revised scales of pay with effect from the 1st day of July, 1934:

We beg leave humbly to recommend that Your Majesty may be graciously pleased, by Your Order in Council, to empower us to grant to any such Warrant Officers who have been promoted to Warrant rank between the 1st day of October, 1931, and the 30th day of June, 1934, such special rates of pay as Warrant Officers with effect from the 1st day of July, 1934, as would have been granted to them on promotion had the revised scales of pay sanctioned by Your Order bearing date the 29th day of June, 1934, then been in force and, similarly, to empower us, if and whenever hereafter increased scales of pay are granted solely on account of an improvement in the state of the national finances to the men whose pay was reduced as from the 1st day of October, 1931, to grant, as from the same date to any Warrant Officers then on the list who may have beer. promoted from such men since the 1st day of October, 1931, special rates of pay of such amount as would have been granted to them had the increased scales of pay been in force on the day preceding their promotion.

Provided that no officer shall receive a special rate of pay in excess of the rate which would have been granted to him had there been no reduction in the pay of men on the 1st day of October, 1931, on grounds of national economy or in excess of the maximum rate of full pay on the normal scale from time to time applicable to his rank:

Provided also that, except as expressly provided herein, nothing in this Order shall be taken to alter the conditions prescribed for the grant of special rates of full pay to Warrant Officers in Your Orders in Council bearing dates the 9th day of March, 1921, the 16th day of December, 1925, and the 18th day of May, 1831.

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 what is therein proposed.

And the Right Honourable the Lords Commissioners of the Admiralty are to, give the necessary directions herein accordingly.
E. C. E. Leadbitter.


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