HC Deb 07 March 1944 vol 397 cc1856-7
26. Mr. Bellenger

asked the Secretary of State for War how many applications from officers and other ranks he has received in response to his call for volunteers for Regular commissions and Regular engagements in the post-war Army; and how many have been accepted by him.

Sir J. Griģģ

Up to 26th February, 3,940 applications for Regular commissions from officers holding emergency commissions had reached the War Office. 1,219 applicants have been found suitable for Regular commissions but their final acceptance will depend on the requirements of the Army for officers. Over 30,000 men have enlisted or re-enlisted on Regular engagements since the beginning of the war.

Mr. Bellenger

In the case of the 1,200 who have been accepted, may I take it that they will now be granted Regular commissions and will not have to wait until after the war?

Sir J. Griģģ

I shall be very grateful if the hon. Member will put that question down. The answer is not without complications.

Colonel Sir Charles MacAndrew

When these men put in for Regular commissions, are they given any advantage over those who have not?

Sir J. Griģģ

In what way?

Sir C. MacAndrew

In the way of promotions and things of that kind.

Sir J. Griģģ

Certainly not.