§ 28. Captain W. G. HALL
asked the First Lord of the Admiralty the number of lieutenant-commanders who have retired from the active list of the Navy since the War and have not received the customary advance in rank upon retirement; and the reasons for this differentiation?
§ Mr. G. HALL
Particulars of the number required are not available and could only be obtained after undue expenditure of time and trouble. The reasons why a step in rank is not given in certain cases are:—(1) That the officer has not rendered before his retirement the qualifying service necessary; or (2) that his record has not been satisfactory; or (3) that he was below the age of 40 on retirement. In the last case, however, the step in rank may be given on reaching the age of 40, subject to the first two conditions being fulfilled.