HC Deb 30 July 1940 vol 363 cc1140-1
30. Mr. Liddall

asked the Secretary of State for War whether, as officers embodied in the Royal Army Reserve of Officers who have been for many years liable to recall and who, by virtue of that liability, have been recalled prior to the outbreak of war, are not allowed to have calculated any period of their Reserve service towards promotion and higher pay, he will propose some step to adjust this matter in favour of officers so affected?

Mr. Eden

No, Sir. The general principle governing the reckoning of service for time promotion and increments of pay is that only full pay service counts for these purposes. This excludes service in the Regular Army Reserve of Officers during which no duty is performed.

Mr. Liddall

Am I to understand from that answer that trained officers who have been ready and willing to serve for over 20 years are to get no priority in their present employment?

Mr. Eden

No, Sir. What my hon. Friend is to understand is that it would not be fair to allow those who have not been actively serving but who have been on the Reserve of Officers to count for promotion in the same way as those who have been actively serving.