Mr. MacCALLUM SCOTT
asked the Secretary of State for War whether he is aware that a subaltern who has been wounded and, after leaving hospital, has. been attached to another unit generally loses all chance of promotion if the colonel of his late battalion has been incapacitated from further duty and his place taken by another; and whether any means can be devised for preventing this penalising of wounded officers?1349W
§ Mr. FORSTER
Officers do not lose all chance of promotion owing to wounds or sickness; they are considered for promotion in the unit to which they are posted as vacancies occur on the establishment. In cases where the commanding officer under whom an officer formerly served is absent from the unit for any cause it is customary to communicate with him regarding the fitness of officers for promotion.