HC Deb 11 December 1957 vol 579 c1253
33. Mr. E. Johnson

asked the Secretary of State for War how the 18 lieutenant-colonels and 180 majors now on the strength of the Royal Tank Regiment are at present empolyed; and if he will make a statement about their future employment after phase one of the reorganisation of the Army has been completed.

Mr. J. Amery

Eight lieutenant-colonels and 55 majors are employed in regimental duty. The remainder are serving in staff and other appointments. After phase one of the reduction, we expect to have regimental appointments for five lieutenant-colonels and about 30 majors. Final details of extra-regimental vacancies are not yet available.

Mr. Johnson

How many battalions of the Royal Tank Regiment will be maintained after phase one? Is it not four? How, then, will there be five lieutenant-colonels employed on regimental duty?

Mr. Amery

I do not think there is any difficulty about that.