§ 20. Major GLYN
asked the Secretary of State for War whether he will consider the possibility of granting to all officers of the Regular Forces now serving who have completed ten years' service the right to retire at once with the pension to which they would be entitled in seven years time; whether he is aware that at present a considerable number of officers are remaining in the Service for the purpose of qualifying for a pension, thereby retarding the promotion of younger officers who have previously risen to higher, temporary, or acting rank, which they have filled with success and distinction; and whether, in the interest of the Army, younger officers shall not be discouraged as to their chances of promotion?
§ Mr. FORSTER
The measures to be taken in furtherance of the object indicated by my hon. and gallant Friend are 158 already tinder consideration, but I am unable to adopt the precise method indicated by him.