HC Deb 09 August 1911 vol 29 c1145

asked the Under-Secretary of State for War what is the present shortage of officers in the Regulars, Special Reserve, and Territorial Forces respectively?

The UNDERSECRETARY of STATE for WAR (Colonel Seely)

The shortages on the Establishments are as follows:—

Regular Army 311
Special Reserve 1,242
Territorial Force 1,654
For the Regular Army there are 273 candidates for first appointment qualified for commissions who will shortly be gazetted.


Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that makes a substantial increase in the shortage that was reported six months ago?

Colonel SEELY

I cannot carry in my mind the exact date or the exact amount of the shortage but the hon. Member will see from the answer.


Has the time not come for giving greater opportunities for promotions from the ranks?

Colonel SEELY

It might be desirable that promotions from the ranks should be increased in every way possible. I will bear in mind what my hon. Friend says.