I beg to ask the Secretary of State for War if there are at present ten or eleven companies vacant in the Army Service Corps, and, if so, why are they not filled at once by those officers who have successfully passed the necessary examinations held last November; and if it is intended to keep these companies vacant until the results of the new examinations, just commenced, shall be made known, so that officers now qualified for promotion may be then passed over by others not at present qualified. And further may I ask how it is that on Empire Day the Union Jack is not flying at the War Office?
§ MR. HALDANE
It is not intended to defer the promotions to the vacancies in question until the result of the next examination is known. The delay has been occasioned by necessary references to India and South Africa.