HC Deb 18 August 1919 vol 119 cc1949-50W

asked the Secretary of State for War if, in view of the fact that Canadian and Australian officers commanded corps, brigades, and divisions in the Canadian and Australian Forces during the War and filled all Staff appointments in these formations, he will explain why such commands and appoint- ments were not open to Territorial Force officers in. the Territorial Force divisions of the British Army?


Territorial officers were not debarred from the command of corps, divisions, or brigades, or from any Staff appointments. All such appointments were filled by selection of officers most fitted to perform the duties, irrespective of the nature of the commission they held.


asked the Secretary of State for War if he will state the reason for the delay in appointing brigade commanders for Territorial brigades; will the command of Territorial brigades be open to Territorial Force officers; will Territorial Force officers, if available, have the preference for command of Territorial Force brigades and other appointments in Territorial Force divisions and brigades?


It is not intended to appoint brigade commanders to Territorial brigades until the future of the Territorial Force is finally decided. Territorial Force brigade commanders will be appointed from the list of officers selected as qualified for such appointments. The claims of Territorial Force officers will be considered with others.