HC Deb 28 February 1918 vol 103 c1569W
Commander BELLAIRS

asked the First Lord of the Admiralty whether there are a number of acting captains, many of whom have occupied that position for a long period ; whether the reason that they are not put on to the permanent list is that the Admiralty desire to safeguard the promotion of younger men from being blocked; and whether the Board will consider a proposal for rewarding these older officers by promotion to the permanent list or to a special one on the understanding that they retire as captains after the War, so that they do not have to revert to their former rank of commander?


The number of commanders who hold the acting rank of captain at the present time is sixty-nine— thirty-three of whom have occupied that position for over twelve months. Many of these are of such a seniority that they are unlikely to be selected for substantive promotion, except in very special cases. Under existing Regulations the senior acting-captains will be eligible to retire at the end of the War with the confirmed rank of captain, and it is considered neither necessary nor desirable to promote them to a special list.

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