Orders in Council of 19 July, 1912

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The Orders in Council of 19 July, 1912, were items of legislation which established the rank of Mate, increase pay, and change the title of Third Sea Lord and Controller to Third Sea Lord.

Mate

WHEREAS there was this day read at the Board a Memorial from the Right Honourable the Lords Commissioners of the Admiralty, dated the 15th day of July, 1912, 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, in order to meet the requirements of Your Majesty's Fleet, it is desirable that further provision should be made for the advancement of Warrant Officers and Petty Officers so as to enable them to attain the rank of Lieutenant at an earlier age than is possible under existing regulations:

"And whereas we are further of opinion that, in cases where Commissioned Warrant rank exists, such rank should be attained by all deserving Warrant Officers after not more than fifteen years' service as Warrant Officer, instead of after varying periods as at present:

"We beg leave humbly to recommend that Your Majesty may be graciously pleased by Your Order in Council to sanction the following arrangements:—

(1) A selection to be made of Warrant Officers and Petty Officers who are considered likely to prove suitable for commissioned rank, Petty Officers so selected being given the rank of Acting Warrant Officer and granted the usual Uniform allowance of £25.

(2) After undergoing such courses of instruction as may be laid down from time to time the selected candidates to be given the rank of Acting Mate, with pay, &c., as shown in the annexed schedule.

(3) After such further instruction as may be considered necessary and on passing a qualifying examination, Acting Mates to be confirmed as Mates and granted a Uniform allowance of £50.

(4) After serving at sea for such period and fulfilling such conditions as may be prescribed, Mates to be eligible for promotion to the rank of Lieutenant, and if so promoted to be granted a further gratuity of £50 for Uniform and outfit.

(5) On promotion, such Lieutenants to be governed in all respects by the regulations in force for the Lieutenants of Your Majesty's Fleet who have been entered as Cadets.

(6) All deserving Warrant Officers belonging to classes in which Commissioned Warrant rank is attainable to be advanced to Commissioned Warrant rank after 15 years' service as Warrant Officer as from the first day of April 1912, always provided that this reguklation shall not be applicable to those classes of Warrant Officer who can attain Commissioned Warrant rank under existing regulations after less than 15 years' service until the normal period of service before promotion to Commissioned Warrant rank extends to 15 years, and further, that power be reserved to the Admiralty to advance Warrant Officers to Commissioned Warrant rank after less than 15 years for War or distinguished service, Officers so advanced to remain supernumerary under the conditions laid down in Order in Council of the 29th February 1908.

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

"SCHEDULE.

"PAY, &c., OF MATES.

(1) Pay on promotion to Acting Mate, 8s. a day, inclusive of any specialist allowance.

(2) Messing allowance, 2s. a day.

(3) Pensions.—Pension to be £50, if owing to any exceptional circumstances a Mate is not promoted to the rank of Lieutenant.

(4) Number.—The number of Mates not to exceed 100.

(5) In all other respects (extra pay, Lodging, Provision and Subsistence Allowances, Widows' pensions and compassionate allowances for children) Mates to be subject to the regulations for Commissioned Warrant Officers."

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.[1]

Pay

WHEREAS there was this day read at the Board a Memorial from the Right Honourable the Lords Commissioners of the Admiralty, dated the 16th day of July, 1912, 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 we consider it desirable to increase the pay of men entered for Combined Service in the Royal Navy and Royal Fleet Reserve under the provisions of Section 4 of the Naval Forces Act, 1903.

"We therefore beg leave humbly to recommend that Your Majesty may be graciously pleased by Your Order in Council to provide that after such service in the Royal Navy as may be prescribed men entered under the provisions of the said Act may receive pay at the Continuous Service rates of their ratings while serving in the Royal Navy.

"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 of what is therein proposed. And the Right Honourable the Lords Commissioners of the Admiralty are to give the necessary directions herein accordingly.[2]

Third Sea Lord

WHEREAS the constitution and business of the Board of Admiralty were settled and defined by His late Majesty's Order in Council of the 10th day of August 1904, and by Your Majesty's Order in Council of the 17th day of January 1912:

And whereas the emoluments of the Naval members of the Board of Admiralty have been fixed at the amounts stated in His late Majesty's Order in Council of the 21st day of December 1906:

And whereas it has become desirable to substitute for the Third Sea Lord and Controller and Officer having the designation of Third Sea Lord who shall be in receipt of the same emoluments as the Second Sea Lord and Fourth Sea Lord:

We beg leave humbly to recommend that Your Majesty may be graciously pleased by Your Order in Council to sanction, with effect from the twelfth day of June 1912, the substitution of the designation of Third Sea Lord for that of Third Sea Lord and Controller and the payment to the Third Sea Lord of a salary of £1,500 a year in addition to Naval Half Pay.

The Lords Commissioners of Your Majesty's Treasury have signified their concurrence in this proposal.[3]

Footnotes

  1. The London Gazette: no. 28630. p. 5522. 26 July, 1912.
  2. The London Gazette: no. 28630. p. 5523. 26 July, 1912.
  3. The Orders in Council for the Regulation of the Naval Service. X. p. 263.

Bibliography

  • Admiralty (1914). The Orders in Council for the Regulation of the Naval Service. Vol. X. 25th January 1908 to 16th December 1912. London: Eyre and Spottiswoode, Ltd..