HC Deb 25 November 1942 vol 385 cc724-5
69. Major Markham

asked the Secretary of State for War what number of A.F. 194 D's have been received in respect of field officers during the past two years; and how many of these have had no action taken on them for over 12 months?

The Joint Under-Secretary of State for War (Mr. Arthur Henderson)

Since 1st January, 1941, about 6,500 confidential reports on A.F.B. 194 D on field officers have been received in the War Office. All these reports are carefully noted. They are then considered whenever vacancies arise in appointments to which this form relates. The number of appointments filled in this period is naturally very much smaller than the number of recommendations received on this form.

Major Markham

Is the Under-Secretary aware that on a great number of the forms no apparent action is taken for 12 months or over, and is the position in process of being remedied?

Mr. Henderson

My hon. and gallant Friend will appreciate that the recommendations which are received in the War Office must refer, and can only be made operative in relation to the number of vacancies that may exist.