Air Defences, Great Britain (Officers)

Oral Answers to Questions — British Army – in the House of Commons on 8th September 1942.

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Photo of Mr Thomas Hewlett Mr Thomas Hewlett , Manchester Exchange

asked the Secretary of State for War how many regular soldiers with the rank of Brigadier or higher are employed at the present time in Air Defences, Great Britain, services; and whether he will more usefully employ such officers on overseas service and fill their present positions in this country by Territorial officers?

Photo of Sir James Grigg Sir James Grigg , Cardiff East

It is not in the public interest to give this information, but a considerable proportion of officers of the rank of Brigadier and upwards employed in the Air Defence of Great Britain are Territorials. I cannot accept the suggestion in the last part of the Question that regular officers, in the higher ranks, employed on the Air Defence of Great Britain could necessarily be more usefully employed elsewhere.