HC Deb 06 February 1940 vol 357 cc11-2
22. Mr. Ede

asked the Secretary of State for War for what branch of the Forces, and on what date, Mr. Charles Kingsley Scott was recommended by a colonel at the War Office for a commission in His Majesty's Army; and how, when all commissions have to be obtained from the ranks, such a recommendation could be effective for a man not serving in the Army?

Sir V. Warrender

The recommendation was for registration in the Army Officers' Emergency Reserve and was dated 12th October last. The Army Officers' Emergency Reserve is open to individuals between the ages of 31 and 60 who have had previous military experience or possess special qualifications. Those appointed to commissions from this source are not required to have served in the ranks first.

Mr. Ede

Has the hon. Gentleman ascertained whether this individual had qualifications to be so enrolled?

Sir V. Warrender

He has not the qualifications required, and he was not enrolled.

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