§ MAJOR F. C. RASCH (Essex, S.E.)
I beg to ask the Under Secretary of State for War whether he is aware that Colonel Foster has been passed over for the rank of General, although he is the senior Colonel eligible under the terms of Royal Warrant, 1897 (par. 44); if he could explain on what grounds his claims to 1668 promotion were rejected in favour of the officer immediately below him; if he was incompetent to command as a General Officer under the terms of the warrant why was he retained in command of a district for five years and not informed of the fact; and whether the Reports having reference to him were satisfactory or otherwise during this period?
§ MR. BRODRICK
Colonel Foster was not promoted to the rank of Major-General because the Commander-in-Chief and the Army Board did not recommend his promotion. It would not be desirable that I should enter upon the subject of confidential Reports on officers in this House.