HC Deb 01 June 1943 vol 390 c11
20. Mr. Turton

asked the Secretary of State for War whether, in the war of 1914–18, Territorial Army officers were permitted to receive substantive promotion in order to fill vacancies in pre-war establishment?

Sir J. Grigg

Substantive promotion in the Territorial Force continued during the last war, but at the same time commissions continued to be granted in that Force. In this war conditions are very different. As my hon. Friend is no doubt aware, in normal circumstances only emergency commissions have been granted since the outbreak of war.

Mr. Turton

Is there any reason why Territorial officers should be worse treated in this war than in the last war?

Sir J. Grigg

I do not think they are. In the last war there was no war substantive rank, and this involves a great improvement as regards promotion.

Mr. De la Bère

Can Territorial officers have a square deal?