Captain A. EVANS
asked the Under-Secretary of State for War the number of seconded officers on or attached to the headquarters staff at Aldershot in June, 1914, on the eve of the War, and the number at the present time, and the total number of troops at Aldershot in June, 1914, and now?
Lieut.-Colonel W. GUINNESS
The total numbers of troops in question are in 1914 20,000, now 19,000. The number of seconded officers belonging to the headquarters staff is seven in each year. Generally speaking, however, officers in the higher ranks are not in a strict sense seconded, and if the hon. and gallant Member wishes to know the number of officers employed on duty at command 1603W headquarters, they are in 1914, 24, now 30. The additional officers are:
- Chief Signal Officer.
- Assistant Chief Signal Officer.
- Assistant Director of Hygiene.
- Assistant Director of Pathology.
- Deputy Assistant Director of Ordnance Stores.
- Command Accountant.
- Command Ordnance Officer.
On the other hand the appointment of Staff Officer, Royal Artillery, has been abolished.