§ 27. Major Sir B. FALLE
asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Admiralty if he can now say when those commissioned warrant officers who have passed the requisite examinations will be promoted to lieutenant; and if he is aware that all other naval officers are promoted as soon as the requisite examinations are passed?
§ Mr. AMERY
My hon. and gallant Friend appears to be misinformed as to the nature of the scheme of promotion referred to in the first part of the question. It was never intended that the officers who pass the examinations in question should be immediately promoted, and it was definitely stated when the scheme was announced that promotion would be by selection in conjunction with seniority. An early announcement will be made of the date of the first promotions under this scheme. I might add, as regards the second part of the question, that officers who have to pass qualifying examinations for a senior rank in some 1086 cases have to wait years until they reach a sufficiently high place in the seniority list of their existing rank.
§ Sir B. FALLE
Is it not the fact that the Admiralty Order stated that these promotions would be made half-yearly, and can the hon. Gentleman give me a date on which I can repeat the question?