§ Mr. ATKEY
asked the Secretary of State for War how many officers there are in. Egypt holding the rank of brigadier-general or higher rank; whether the number is out of proportion to the number of men required to be kept in Egypt; and whether the demobilisation of the men in Egypt would result in many of these superior officers being automatically reduced to lower rank?
The number of general officers in Egypt is eighty-one and is not out of proportion to the number of men serving in the Egyptian Expeditionary Force. Demobilisation of the men will not automatically result in many of these superior officers being reduced to lower rank, as the number of these officers is362W according to the establishment of the Army of Occupation required, and, owing to the situation in Egypt, every effort is being made to maintain the Army there up to its present establishment by making good losses due to demobilisation.