§ 50. Mr. BUTCHER
asked the Prime Minister whether he can state the cause of the delay in promoting officers to substantive or temporary rank in accordance with his recent announcement; and whether the widow of an officer who is entitled to receive such promotion will be prejudiced in regard to her pension in case her husband is killed in action before his promotion is actually gazetted?
§ Mr. TENNANT
Some time must be allowed for administrative action in the case of an important change of this character. The change will have retrospective effect from the beginning of the War and the date of actual gazetting will not prejudice the widow's claim in a case such as that referred to.