HC Deb 17 June 1903 vol 123 cc1163-4
MAJOR RASCH (Essex, Chelmsford)

To ask the Secretary of State for War if he could state on what principle promotions in the Generals List are carried out; and whether he will explain why four officers who received the rank of colonel in 1889 (nine years before the latest appointment), all obtaining promotion as a result of war service, have been superseded.

(Answered by Mr. Secretary Brodrick.) Promotion to the ranks of Major-General and Lieutenant-General is now given either to officers who have been selected to fill certain specified appointments, which it has been decided shall carry the rank of Major-General or Lieutenant-General respectively, or for distinguished service. The selection of officers for appointment carrying the rank of Major-General is made from the Colonels List, and seniority does not influence the appointments.