HC Deb 05 August 1941 vol 373 cc1774-5
23. Colonel Arthur Evans

asked the Secretary of State for War whether, in view of the fact that his predecessor stated in the House over a year ago that the regulations governing the retention of temporary rank by Army officers on retirement from the Service would shortly be published, he can now give a definite date for their publication; and further, whether he will publish the suggested terms in the OFFICIAL REPORT forthwith?

The Secretary of State for War (Captain Margesson)

It has now been decided that an officer shall be allowed to retain on retirement the highest acting or temporary rank held by him in the present war, provided that the period for which the rank was held was not less than six months. Officers whose commissions are terminated as a result of wounds or sickness due to military service may retain the acting or temporary rank held immediately before their absence from duty on these grounds. An Army Order on this subject is now in course of issue.

Colonel Evans

When the Army Order is published, will my right hon. and gallant Friend be kind enough to place a copy in the Library?

Captain Margesson

I will consider that.