§ 30. Sir T. BRAMSDON
asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Admiralty the number of chief and first writers who have passed both professionally and educationally for warrant rank and are recommended for promotion, and the average age it is estimated these chief and petty officers will be on promotion to warrant rank?
§ Mr. AMERY
According to the latest information available at the Admiralty 54 chief writers have passed both professionally and educationally for warrant rank and have been continuously recommended for promotion. In view of this large number, the Admiralty do not consider that for the present any useful purpose would be served in their compiling and keeping up a roster of first writers qualified and recommended for warrant rank, as the claims of the chief writers already on the list must in equity first be satisfied. In the unlikely event of insufficient suitable chief writers being forthcoming, steps will be taken to obtain particulars of first writers who are duly qualified and recommended for promotion. Until the post-War establishment of this branch is definitely fixed, it is not possible to give any estimate of the average age at which these chief petty officers and petty officers will be promoted to warrant rank.