HC Deb 18 March 1940 vol 358 cc1641-2
64. Mr. R. Gibson

asked the Secretary of State for War whether he is aware that cadets in Scotland, born in Scotland, and brought up in Scotland, some the sons of officers in Scottish regiments, are being refused commissions in Scottish regiments, and are being posted to English regiments, and that grave disappointment and discontent are being caused thereby; and whether he will remedy this grievance?

Sir V. Warrender

All cadets at officer cadet training units are given the opportunity of stating the names of three regiments, in order of priority, to which they would prefer to be posted, and selection is made accordingly, so far as vacancies allow. Whenever possible, Scottish cadets who cannot be given a vacancy in one of the regiments of their choice are appointed to another Scottish regiment. When, however, the output of Scottish cadets exceeds the vacancies in Scottish regiments, some of them have to be appointed to other regiments.

Mr. Gibson

Does that mean that there are far more Scottish cadets than there are places available for them in their own units and that the number of cadets who are Scottish is out of proportion to the others?

Sir V. Warrender

No, Sir, it means exactly what the answer says.