HC Deb 01 March 1938 vol 332 c909
42. Brigadier-General Clifton Brown

asked the Secretary of State for War whether he will consider measures for bettering the conditions and prospects of the Army Educational Corps, especially of those ranker officers overseas; and whether he is aware that their prospects compare unfavourably with the ordinary elementary schoolmaster in civilian life?

Mr. Hore-Belisha

The answer to the first part of the question is "Yes, Sir," though my hon. and gallant Friend will be aware of the special conditions of service and retirement in this Corps which make a solution difficult. I will, however, cause the matter to be again examined. As regards the second part

March, 1937. March, 1938.
Hong Kong Area.
Royal Artilllery 5 batteries 6 batteries.
Hong Kong-Singapore Royal Artillery 4 batteries 4 batteries.
Royal Engineers 2 companies 2 companies.
Royal Corps of Signals 1 company 1 company.
British 3 battalions 2 battalions.*
Indian 1 battalion 2 battalions,†
Shanghai Area.
Royal Corps of Signals 1 section 1 section.
Infantry (British) 1 battalion 2 battalions. †
Tientsin Area.
Royal Corps of Signals 1 section 1 section.
Infantry (British) 1 battalion 1 battalion.
* At the moment, owing to the incidence of trooping, there is one British battalion in excess of this establishment.
† The second British battalion in Shanghai is a reinforcement from Hong Kong where it has been temporarily replaced by an additional Indian battalion loaned by the Government of India.
Note.—In addition to the above formations there are the necessary ancillary troops.