asked the Secretary of State for War what reason exists for William John Watts, of the Ordnance Clothing Department at Stirling, who was recommended four years ago for transfer when a vacancy occurred on account of his wife's consumption, not being transferred, seeing that his character in the service was exemplary, and that he has been for many years a civilian foreman and recommended by his officer for principal foreman for the Ordnance Department in any branch, and that several appointments have recently been made at Tidworth, one being at the present time likely to occur?
§ Colonel SEELY
The hon. and gallant Member has apparently been misinformed. Only one vacancy has occurred at Tidworth, which was filled by a transfer from Devonport owing to reduction of establishment. Nothing is known at the War2074W Office of any vacancy being likely to occur at Tidworth. The question of a transfer of W. J. Watts to a station in the South of England will be borne in mind, but the claims of others must be considered when vacancies, which are very few, occur.