HC Deb 11 March 1919 vol 113 cc1056-7
9. Colonel YATE

asked the Secretary of State for War whether he is aware that there is a strong feeling of dissatisfaction among officer cadets who, after passing the test for commissioned rank at the training schools, have been granted temporary commissions and then demobilised without pay, gratuity, or pension; and whether he will permit these cadet officers to continue to serve if they wish to?

Captain GUEST

I can readily understand and sympathise with the disappointment of these cadets, overtaken by the Armistice before they had become officers. But my hon. and gallant Friend will realise that it was not possible to continue creating officers on the full pay list when the need for their services had dis- appeared. Cadets who desired to return to their units in their former status have been allowed to do so. Of course they will receive what is due to them in respect of their previous service.

Colonel YATE

As vacancies occur in the ranks of officers will priority of appointment be given to these men who have qualified?

Captain GUEST

There is a vast number of men who have claims in priority to those men.