Order in Council of 7 January, 1915
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 in Article 168 of the Regulations for the government of Your Majesty's Naval Service it is laid down that the Officers, of Your Majesty's Navy are to be divided into six branches, viz.—Military, Engineer, Medical, Accountant, Naval Instructor, and Artisan:
And whereas we are of opinion that it is desirable in the interests of Your Majesty's Naval Service that the Officers of the Engineer Branch should now be classified as part of the Military Branch, and, further, that certain alterations should be made in the rates of pay of Engineer Commanders and Engineer Lieutenant-Commanders of Your Majesty's Fleet:
We beg leave humbly to recommend that Your Majesty may be graciously pleased, by Your Order in Council, to approve of the Regulations set forth in the annexed Schedule, to take effect forom the 1st day of January, 1915.
The Lords Commissioners of Your Majesty's Treasury have signified their concurrence in these proposals in so far as the pay of the Officers is concerned.
1.—From the 1st day of January, 1915, Officers of His Majesty's Navy will be divided into five Branches, namely Military, Medical, Accountant, Naval Instructor, and Artisan.
2.—Officers of the existing Engineer Branch, although forming part of the Military Branch, will retain their present titles.
They will not be eligible to take command of His Majesty's Ships.
In all details relating to the duties of the Fleet and to the discipline and interior economy of His Majesty's Ships they will be subject to the authority of any Officer who may be in charge of the Executive duties of the Ship, or acting as Officer of the Watch, or specially detailed for the charge of any other special service or duty, of whatever seniority such Officer may be.
3.—The following revised rates of pay to take effect for Engineer Commanders and Engineer Lieutenant-Commanders as specified:—
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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.