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Part of Orders of the Day — Supply. – in the House of Commons on 24th March 1922.

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Photo of Mr Thomas Warner Mr Thomas Warner , Lichfield

I want to ask one rather important question as to re-construction. As I understand it, certain regiments are going to be amalgamated, and not done away with. I wish to know what proportion of the senior officers is to be kept on. Whether or not the amalgamation is a real economy depends a great deal on whether you are going to have in the amalgamated regiment two colonels and two or three majors or not. Is the reduction to be made effectual in the number of senior officers? I should also like to make a suggestion as to the Territorial Army. I quite agree with the making of necessary reductions there, and should like to point out that the reduction which has been made in the staffs by taking away the brigade majors might be increased a little by amalgamating brigades in peace time, and keeping one brigadier instead of two, with a reserve brigadier on the list unpaid. I think that a certain amount of additional economy might he effected in that way.