Officers (Compulsory Retirement).

Oral Answers to Questions — Royal Navy. – in the House of Commons on 17th May 1922.

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Photo of Colonel Charles Yate Colonel Charles Yate , Melton

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asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Admiralty what appeal tribunal will be available to hear the cases of officers placed on the retired list by the Admiralty under the Order in Council, recently issued, authorising the compulsory retirement of naval and marine officers for alleged peculiarity of temper or other defect not amounting to misconduct?

Photo of Lieut-Colonel Leo Amery Lieut-Colonel Leo Amery , Birmingham Sparkbrook

All cases of officers who may be dealt with under this Order-in-Council will be considered by the Board of Admiralty, than whom there is no higher naval authority.

Photo of Colonel Charles Yate Colonel Charles Yate , Melton

Will there be no tribunal to inquire into the cases against these officers?

Photo of Lieut-Colonel Leo Amery Lieut-Colonel Leo Amery , Birmingham Sparkbrook

In disciplinary cases of this sort we cannot have an independent and outside appeal tribunal. These matters will actually come before the Board of Admiralty itself for consideration.

Photo of Viscount  Curzon Viscount Curzon , Battersea South

Is it intended to keep this Order-in-Council as part of the King's Regulations? Is it intended to be a permanent Order?

Photo of Commander Hon. Joseph Kenworthy Commander Hon. Joseph Kenworthy , Kingston upon Hull Central

Does it not put a stigma on these unfortunate officers?

Photo of Lieut-Colonel Leo Amery Lieut-Colonel Leo Amery , Birmingham Sparkbrook

There is no question of a stigma at all. It provides in the Navy —as is already the case in the Army and Air Force—for dispensing with the services of officers who, without committing any gross misconduct deserving of a stigma, are not, on the whole, considered adequate to their work. No stigma attaches to them at all.

Photo of Viscount  Curzon Viscount Curzon , Battersea South

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asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Admiralty whether, in view of the fact that the special scheme for the retirement of officers of the Indian Army has been published, he can now state how it is proposed to deal with officers of the Royal Navy surplus to requirements?

Photo of Lieut-Colonel Leo Amery Lieut-Colonel Leo Amery , Birmingham Sparkbrook

Details of the scheme of retirement of surplus personnel were announced in Admiralty Fleet Orders, Nos. 1358 and 1359, dated 12th May, copies of which I am sending to my Noble and gallant Friend.

Photo of Viscount  Curzon Viscount Curzon , Battersea South

Why does this Order apply only to captains and ranks below. Is the hon. Gentleman not dealing with the cases of flag officers surplus to requirements?

Photo of Lieut-Colonel Leo Amery Lieut-Colonel Leo Amery , Birmingham Sparkbrook

I have already stated in answer to a question that we are dealing with the eases of flag officers.