§ MR. CLAVELL SALTER (Hants, Basingstoke)
To ask the Secretary of State for War, whether there is any, and 1200 what, shortage of subalterns in the various batteries of the Royal Field Artillery; and what steps, if any, will be taken to fill these vacancies.
(Answered by Mr. Secretary Haldane.) The present shortage amounts to fifty-seven, of which number of places twenty will be filled by the 1st February. The transfer of Garrison Artillery Volunteers to Field Artillery Territorial Force units caused a demand for forty-two adjutants from the Royal Field Artillery, and a corresponding deficiency among the subalterns. Steps are being taken to good the deficiency.