54. Captain ARTHUR EVANS
asked the Financial Secretary to the War Office from what source commissioned ranks of the Royal Defence Corps will be recruited; and if regulations are to be issued governing these appointments?
§ The FINANCIAL SECRETARY to the WAR OFFICE (Mr. Duff Cooper)
Commissioned ranks of the Royal Defence Corps, Territorial Army, will be drawn from ex-officers of the Regular and Territorial Armies who are unfit for active service or over 45 and under 60 years of age. Officers in Class II of the Regular Army Reserve of Officers or Class II of the Territorial Army Reserve of Officers may also be selected with the approval of the Army Council. The officers will be selected by the Territorial Army County Associations, and when commissioned will form part of the Territorial Army and will be governed by the existing regulations for that force.
May I ask my hon. Friend whether, in view of the fact that officers of Class I of the Regular Army Reserve are automatically transferred to Class II because of their failure to report annually in writing to the War Office, such officers will be considered for appointment?