§ SIR ROBERT PENROSE-FITZGERALD (Cambridge)
To ask the Secretary of State for War whether he is aware that the length of service after which Majors and Captains are being promoted respectively to the ranks of Lieutenant-Colonel and Major is greater in the case of officers of the Royal Garrison Artillery than in that of the Royal Horse and Field Artillery, and of officers generally throughout the Service; and whether it is proposed to make any provision in the Army Estimates of 1903–4 for redressing the alleged grievance.
(Answered by Mr. Secretary Brodrick.) The periods of service in each rank have been affected in some branches be the war. I am proposing, by a reduction in the rate of absorption of the supernumerary majors, to remove the alleged grievance.