§ 29. Commander KING
asked the First Lord of the Admiralty whether he can give any indication of Admiralty policy as to the retention or retirement of senior officers, in order that these officers may be in a position to forecast their future?
§ Mr. LONG
As regards flag officers, the lists have already been reduced to the numbers allowed in the pre-war establishment, allowing for officers borne supernumerary: and no further reduction is contemplated. With regard to captains, no steps are contemplated to effect reductions in numbers required, other than those laid down in the general rules for retirement, namely, retiring such officers as it is not intended to employ as flag officers on the active list.