Native Commissioned Officers

Oral Answers to Questions — Armed Forces – in the House of Commons on 25th April 1944.

Alert me about debates like this

Photo of Mr John Dugdale Mr John Dugdale , West Bromwich

asked the Secretary of State for War how many native commissioned officers there are in the Armed Forces of the Crown to-day.

Photo of Sir James Grigg Sir James Grigg , Cardiff East

I regret that this information is not available.

Photo of Mr John Dugdale Mr John Dugdale , West Bromwich

Would it not be possible to obtain it, because I have asked for it already from the Secretary of State for the Colonies, and he is unable to give it to me?

Photo of Sir James Grigg Sir James Grigg , Cardiff East

I am afraid I have not got it. I think it would take a very great deal of time and trouble to get it.

Photo of Mr Reginald Sorensen Mr Reginald Sorensen , Leyton West

Is it so very difficult to give the number of commissioned and non-commissioned officers in the Colonial Forces?

Photo of Sir James Grigg Sir James Grigg , Cardiff East

It is not only a question of the Colonial Forces. I am not asked that Question. I am asked for the whole Forces of the Crown, and they are spread out in a very large number of theatres of war.

Photo of Mr Herbert Williams Mr Herbert Williams , Croydon South

Is a Welshman in a Welsh regiment to be regarded as a native?

Photo of Sir Edward Keeling Sir Edward Keeling , Twickenham

Or an Englishman in an English regiment?