HC Deb 27 March 1919 vol 114 cc624-5W
Lieutenant-Colonel ROUNDELL

asked the Secretary of State for War whether sergeant tailors in the Regular Army and Special Reserve, on appointment as such, are debarred from further promotion; and whether, seeing that their pensions are thereby affected, he will consider the desirability of placing them, as far as promotion and pensions go, on a footing of equality with orderly-room sergeants in these respects?

Captain GUEST

Vacancies for sergeant (master tailor) are frequently filled by promoting a private who has qualified at the Royal Army Clothing Department, Pimlico. From this it will be seen that compared with other noncommissioned officers a considerable advantage is given to a sergeant (master tailor) as regards promotion up to the rank of sergeant. Moreover, he receives in addition to his pay as sergeant, working pay at 1s. 4d. per diem. There is nothing to prevent him from receiving promotion in his unit if qualified for it, provided he relinquishes his appointment of master tailor. In view of his emoluments it is not considered that a sergeant (master tailor) should receive time promotion to a higher rank in the same way as an orderly-room sergeant.