HC Deb 02 November 1911 vol 30 cc1143-4W
Colonel YATE

asked the Under-Secretary of State for War whether, considering that the average time for promoting to the rank of captain is now approximately ten years for the Infantry and eight and a-half years for the Cavalry, whilst in the Royal Garrison Artillery it is estimated that the last of the second lieutenants gazetted in 1900 will have completed fifteen or sixteen years' service be fore being promoted to captain, he will consider the advisability of making in next year's Budget some provision to alleviate the effect of the present block in promotion in the latter corps, either by giving promotion to all subalterns on attaining twelve years' service, or, failing that, by giving annual increments of pay pending promotion to all lieutenants of over twelve years' service?

Colonel SEELY

The whole question of promotion in the Royal Garrison Artillery is still under the consideration of the Army Council. I am not at present able to add anything to the replies which I have previously given to the hon. and gallant Member.