HC Deb 03 June 1897 vol 50 c168

I beg to ask the Under Secretary of State for War if it is the case that, whilst master gunners in the Artillery, conductors in the Army Ordnance Corps, and staff sergeant-majors of the Army Service Corps may rise, after certain periods of satisfactory service, from the lowest to the highest grade of warrant officer, an Army schoolmaster must remain in the lowest or fourth class of warrant officers so long as he is a schoolmaster; and, if so, does he propose to maintain this disability?


The classes into which warrant officers are divided must depend on the relative importance of the duties and responsibilities of the appointments held. However valuable may be the services of an Army schoolmaster, it is not possible to regard his functions as equal in importance to those of the warrant officers cited in the Question, who have either high executive duties or important charges of materiel. Schoolmasters are eligible for and often obtain commissioned rank as Inspectors of Schools.