§ Mr. McENTEE
asked the Home Secretary whether the policy of promoting prison hospital principal officers to the rank of chief officer on the discipline side has been abandoned; the date on which the last promotion was made; and what are the essential qualifications for the promotion of a hospital principal officer to the rank of chief officer?
§ Sir J. GILMOUR
The policy of the Prison Commissioners in filling any vacancy in the post of chief officer is to select the officer who appears to them best fitted for promotion, and the qualifications of both hospital and discipline officers are considered. A hospital principal1396W officer has not been promoted to be discipline chief officer since 1924, but since 1928 two posts of hospital chief officer have been created and four hospital principal officers have been promoted to them.