HC Deb 19 February 1946 vol 419 c938
10. Sir Waldron Smithers

asked the Secretary of State for War why officers, men and A.T.S. personnel are being kept on in the Service month by month, thus impeding promotion and causing injustice to those who have decided to sign on for two years and who are liable to be sent overseas, while those who are retained from month to month are not so liable.

Mr. Lawson

The arrangement whereby certain officers and other ranks are allowed to extend their service beyond their normal dates for release for short periods is intended to cover those cases where replacements are not immediately available or where the appointments they hold are very shortly to be abolished. It follows that there is no question of promotion of others being impeded or of any injustice to those who have voluntarily deferred their release for periods of six months, a year or two years, as the case may be.