Officers, Malaya

Oral Answers to Questions — British Army – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 12th July 1949.

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Photo of Sir Toby Low Sir Toby Low , Blackpool North 12:00 am, 12th July 1949

asked the Secretary of State for War whether he is satisfied that officers in Malaya who are required to undertake increased responsibilities in connection with the campaign against the guerillas are given promotion with increased pay.

Photo of Mr Emanuel Shinwell Mr Emanuel Shinwell , Seaham

Officers in Malaya are serving on standard field force establishments. The gradings of appointments are assessed on a responsibility basis.

Photo of Sir Toby Low Sir Toby Low , Blackpool North

Does that mean that where a post carries a higher responsibility than the substantive rank of the officer carrying out the job, a higher rank or temporary rank can be given?

Photo of Mr Emanuel Shinwell Mr Emanuel Shinwell , Seaham

If the post carries a higher responsibility, it is generally assumed that it carries a higher rank.