§ 8. Mr. ARCHDALE
asked the Under-Secretary of State for War whether there was any special reason for passing over for promotion to staff paymaster the twelve senior paymasters, among whom were one officer who had been awarded the D.S.O. and two others recommended for special promotion?
§ The FINANCIAL SECRETARY to the WAR OFFICE (Mr. Forster)
Yes, Sir, the reason was the special merit of the officers, who were selected for promotion.
§ 9. Mr. ARCHDALE
asked the Under-Secretary of State for War for what reason there have been no permanent war promotions in the Army Pay Department, though it has expanded equally with all others during the War, and the officers have been working under pressure, only ten permanent and forty temporary having been made in the Army Pay Department, while in the Army Ordnance, which has a smaller establishment, twenty-seven permanent and eighty temporary have been made?
§ Mr. FORSTER
My hon. and gallant Friend is misinformed. Forty-five permanent promotions have been made in the Pay Department during the War, in addition to forty-one temporary promotions and to twenty-two steps in rank not carrying higher departmental grading The organisation and work of the Pay Department differ so widely from those of the Ordnance Department that identical proportions of promotions are not to be looked for.