HC Deb 03 November 1902 vol 113 cc1391-2
COLONEL BAIN (Cumberland, Egremont)

I beg to ask the Secretary of State for War if his attention has been called to the position of the officers of Militia and Yeomanry who were given commissions in the Army for services in the field, and who, on account of age, are placed at a disadvantage as regards their future career in the Army; and, if so, will he state what steps he proposes to take to place them on an equal footing with officers gazetted to the Army from Sandhurst.


Those officers who, on first appointment to commissions granted as rewards for active service, were placed at a disadvantage in respect of age will be considered, after they have served at least three or four years, for promotion to the rank of captain in vacancies which would not be filled by regimental promotion in the ordinary course. Regard will be given to age as well as to efficiency. Four officers have been given captaincies in the garrison regiment, and seven have been appointed lieutenants.