asked the Minister for Defence if there is an Army Pay Commission at present in existence, and whether same is composed of Army officers, and, if so, what is their rank and powers; whether any recommendation has recently been made for an increase in the pay of officers in the higher ranks by this or any other body, and whether same has been sanctioned by him.
CEISTEANNA—QUESTIONS. ORAL ANSWERS. - ARMY PAY COMMISSION.
An inter-departmental Committee under the style of the Army Pay Commission has been in existence since September, 1922, for the purpose of advising the Minister for Defence on matters of Army pay, allowances and pensions. Its membership at present includes the military members of the Council of Defence, whose rank, as the Deputy is no doubt aware, is not below that of Major-General. This so-called Commission has no power of decision, but makes recommendations for consideration by me in the first instance. For reasons relating to the proper conduct of the work of a Government Department, I regret that I am unable to disclose any of the proceedings or recommendations of this or any other similar committee.