HC Deb 09 July 1946 vol 425 cc207-8
5. Brigadier Mackeson

asked the Secretary of State for War what steps he has taken in order to ascertain, personally, from Regular officers their wishes regarding retirement and continuance of service.

Mr. Lawson

In April, 1946, an Army Council Instruction was issued drawing the attention of Regular officers to the various conditions which govern retirement at the present time, and many applications are received and dealt with. In view of the restrictions which are necessarily imposed, no useful purpose would be served by further action at present. Officers will be informed as soon as the rules can be relaxed.

Brigadier Mackeson

Will the right hon. Gentleman take into account the fact that this is a very important factor in the training plans for the future of the Army, and will he bear in mind that he has given an assurance to look into the matter and do so as soon as possible?

Mr. Lawson

Yes, I will do that.

24. Lieutenant-Colonel Thorp

asked the Secretary of State for War how many Regular officers who joined before 1938 are still serving.

Mr. Lawson

8,809, Sir, on 31st May, 1946.