HC Deb 04 May 1905 vol 145 cc911-2

To ask the Secretary of State for War whether the age limit for promotion of warrant officers, Royal Artillery, to lieutenant district officer is forty years, and to quartermaster forty-five years; and, if so, what is the reason of such distinction; and whether it is possible to make the age limit for promotion to the former rank the same as to the latter.

(Answered by Mr. Secretary Arnold-Forster.) The age limits are as stated in the Question. It is regarded as a concession to deserving warrant officers to take them as old as forty-five for the position of quartermaster, but in view of the more active duties of district officer it is held that the age of forty should not be exceeded at the time of selection. It is not, therefore, considered advisable to make the suggested alteration in the regulations.