HC Deb 14 July 1943 vol 391 c172
15. Wing - Commander Hulbert

asked the Secretary of State for Air whether the present system of promotion of officers by commands, instead of centrally by the Air Ministry, has proved satisfactory?

Sir A. Sinclair

The powers of commands to promote officers are limited to the grant of acting rank, up to that of wing-commander, to fill vacancies in approved establishments, in the absence or pending the posting of officers of the appropriate substantive or temporary ranks.

Mr. Boothby

Does my right hon. Friend not think that this system tends to a certain rigidity and may prevent an interchange of officers between commands where it might be desirable?

Sir A. Sinclair

No, Sir, I do not think that that is so. The system applies only to acting rank, and if there should be another officer of the appropriate rank who was qualified for that post he would be removed from another command to that post under this arrangement.

Wing-Commander James

Does my right hon. Friend not consider that the present decentralisation is desirable?

Sir A. Sinclair

Yes, Sir, decentralisation is very useful.