War-Time Promotions

Oral Answers to Questions — British Army. – in the House of Commons on 29th September 1942.

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Photo of Sir Geoffrey Hutchinson Sir Geoffrey Hutchinson , Ilford

asked the Secretary of State for War whether he intends to make any change in the present system of granting acting and temporary rank in the Army?

Photo of Sir Douglas Hacking Sir Douglas Hacking , Chorley

asked the Secretary of State for War whether he is aware of the almost universal dissatisfaction amongst officers and other ranks in the Army in respect of the granting of acting and temporary ranks; and whether, in order to put an end to the uncertainty and hardship inseparable from the present system, he will abolish the temporary rank of officers and reduce the length of qualifying periods for substantive ranks of officers and non-commissioned officers?

Photo of Sir James Grigg Sir James Grigg , Cardiff East

I am at present considering the possibility of making certain amendments in the conditions governing war-time promotions with the object of giving to officers somewhat greater security against loss of rank through no fault of their own.

Photo of Sir Geoffrey Hutchinson Sir Geoffrey Hutchinson , Ilford

While thanking my right hon. Friend for his reply, may I ask whether it would be possible for him to make a statement on this matter before very long?

Photo of Sir James Grigg Sir James Grigg , Cardiff East

All I can say about that is that I hope so, but, of course, other Departments are concerned in it and a certain amount of inter-departmental discussion is required.

Photo of Mr Ronald Ross Mr Ronald Ross , County Londonderry

Will the contemplated regulations be made restrospective?

Photo of Sir James Grigg Sir James Grigg , Cardiff East

I think we had better wait and see what the regulations are in fact going to be.

Photo of Sir John Crowder Sir John Crowder , Finchley

Will my right hon. Friend bear in mind the strong feeling in this House and in the Army that some- thing should be done about this matter as quickly as possible?