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Retirement Of Paymasters And Assistant Paymasters


Order in Council, No. 5.-C.

At the Court at Windsor,

The 3rd day of March 1873.

Present: The Queen'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 of March 1873, in the words following, viz.:-

    Whereas we have had under consideration the state of the Active List of Paymasters and Assistant Paymasters in Your Majesty's Fleet; and whereas we are of opinion that, in order to increase the efficiency of those Lists, and to maintain a steady and more equal flow of promotion, it is necessary to reduce the Active List below the numbers laid down by Your Majesty's Order in Council of 22nd February 1870, the numbers now borne being in access (sic.) of the requirements of Your Majesty's Service; we would, therefore humbly propose to Your Majesty

    1. That paragraphs three and four of section six of Your Majesty's said Order in Council of 22nd February 1870 be cancelled.
    2. That the Active List of Paymasters, including Secretaries, be reduced to two hundred.
    3. That the Active List of Assistant Paymasters, Clerks, and Assistant Clerks, be reduced to two hundred and thirty.
    4. That until the Active List of Paymasters shall have been reduced to the numbers proposed, Paymasters, of whatever age, be retired, with their consent and at our discretion, on the terms laid down in Your Majesty's said Order in Council of 22nd February 1870.
    5. That until the Active Lists of Assistant Paymasters, Clerks, and Assistant Clerks, shall have been reduced to the numbers proposed, Assistant Paymasters be retired, with their consent and at our discretion
      1. If under three years' standing, with the pay of two shillings and sixpence per diem.
      2. If of three years' standing, with three shillings and sixpence per diem, an additional sixpence per diem being given for each complete year beyond three, served as Assistant Paymaster, until the maximum is reached, viz., six shillings per diem, these being the same terms as those laid down in Your Majesty's said Order in Council of 22nd February 1870.
    6. That until the list of Paymasters shall have been reduced to the number proposed, we be empowered to promote to the rank of Paymaster, in the vacancies caused by death or compulsory retirement, not exceeding ten in anyone year; but that in the case of voluntary retirement no promotion shall be made.

    We beg that Your Majesty will be graciously pleased to sanction these arrangements, which have received the concurrence of the Lords Commissioners of Your Majesty's Treasury.

Her Majesty, having taken the said Memorial into consideration, was pleased, by fund with the advice of Her 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.

(Signed) Edmund Harrison

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