Hon. N. W. ROWELL (President of the Council):
The Prime Minister stated yesterday that an announcement would be made to-day with reference to the civil pay of civil servants serving overseas, and I now wish to read to the House the operative part of an Order in Council passed on the 21st of May dealing with this matter. The members of the House will recall that there are three classes into which the civil servants who are now serving with the military forces might be divided: Those who went overseas in the early part of the war received both their civil pay and their
military pay. At a later day an Order in Council was passed providing that those who enlisted after that date should receive whichever pay was the larger of the two, civil or military, and then, when the Military Service Act came into operation, an Order in Council was passed providing that civil servants enlisting after that date would receive their military pay only. By the Order in Council of the 5th of April, 1918, those Orders in Council were all modified so as to provide that, after the date fixed in that Order in Council, civil servants would receive only their military pay. The present Order in Council repeals the last Order in Council and substitutes the following provisions:
1. The above mentioned Orders in Council- Those are, the first Order in Council which provided for both civil and military pay for those who enlisted in the earlier part of the war; the second Order in Council which provided for the larger pay of the two for those who enlisted subsequently, and the third Order in Council which provided simply for the military pay:
1. The above-mentioned Orders in Council shall continue to apply in respect of any person in the civil employment of the Government absent upon service with the forces of His Majesty or of any of His Miajesty's Allies and who
(a) is now serving in any theatre of actual war outside of the United Kingdom, so long as so serving, or
(b) is now or who may be hereafter in the United Kingdom and who has served1 in such theatre of actual war outside thereof and is there detained by reason of wounds or disease received or contracted in such service, so long as so detained, or
(c) is now or who may be hereafter in the United Kingdom and who has served in such theatre of actual war outside thereof and has suffered from wounds or disease received or contracted in such service and is undergoing preparation in a reserve battalion for return to said theatre of actual war, or
(d) is now in the United Kingdom and who has served in such theatre of actual war outside thereof for at least one year and has been brought back to the United Kingdom for military duty and is still required for military duty there.
2. A prisoner of war shall he deemed to be serving in a theatre of actual war outside of the United Kingdom and shall come within the provision of Clause (a) of section 1 of this Order.
3. All other persons in the civil employment of the Government absent upon service with the forces of His Majesty shall from and after the 15th day of-July, 1918, receive only military pay, anything in the above recited Orders in Council to the contrary notwithstanding.
4. Any person in the civil employment of the Government absent upon service with the forces of His Majesty, or any of His Majesty's Allies, shall be entitled upon the conclusion of the latter service, to be restored to his position
in the civil employment of the Government, if he remains qualified to discharge the duties appertaining to that position.
5. The Order in Council of April 5th, 1918, (P. C. 811) is hereby revoked and cancelled.
The net result of this Order in 'Council is to continue the existing Orders in Council in force in respect of all civil servants now serving in the forces of His Majesty or His Majesty's Allies except those in Canada and those in the United Kingdom who have not seen real service at the front.
Subtopic: CIVIL PAY OF CIVIL SERVANTS ' OVERSEAS.