HC Deb 29 June 1905 vol 148 c538
SIR CARNE RASCH (Essex, Chelmsford)

To ask the Secretary of State for War whether, in view of the fact that under Warrant of 1900 officers of the rank of major-general are only promoted on appointment to work carrying the rank of lieutenant general and that several major-generals have been recently promoted without receiving any appointment, he will say what does he propose to do with reference to general officers who have been thus recently superseded.

(Answered by Mi. Secretary Arnold-Forster.) It is proposed in future to maintain an establishment of twenty British-service lieutenant-generals, irrespective of whether appointments carrying the rank of lieutenant-general are vacant or not. The system of promoting to the rank of lieutenant-general will be by selection as heretofore, and no change is contemplated beyond the fact that major-generals will be selected to fill an establishment of lieutenant-generals in anticipation of appointments in that rank falling vacant for them. These officers who are not selected for promotion will continue to serve as major-generals. † See (4) Debates, cvlv., 58