HC Deb 27 February 1940 vol 357 cc1889-90
70. Mr. Ede

asked the Secretary of State for War how many commissions have been granted to civilians since the outbreak of war on the recommendation, or at the request, of the Ministry of Supply; and what will be the military status of such persons if, for any reason, their services are no longer required by, or in connection with, the Ministry of Supply?

Mr. Stanley

The number of emergency commissions which have been granted at the request of the Ministry of Supply is 25. If no longer required by the Ministry, these officers would be available for employment as such elsewhere, or, if they were not so required, their commissions could be terminated.

Mr. Ede

What happens in the case of a man granted a captain's commission when he has no military experience? When his services are no longer required will he go straight over to the command of a battery or a company?

Mr. Stanley

His services will be available for employment elsewhere if required; if not, they will be dispensed with.