HC Deb 15 December 1938 vol 342 c2197W
Mr. Parker

asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Admiralty whether he will state the dates on which the four sub-lieutenants, commissioned from the lower deck in 1936, went to sea; what should be their seniority as lieutenants; the dates on which any have been promoted; the dates on which the others are to be promoted; and the reasons for the delay?

Mr. Shakespeare

These four officers were given sea-going appointments as sub-lieutenants on the

  • 21st April,
  • 25th April,
  • 3rd May,
  • 24th May,
respectively. The promotion of one of them to lieutenant was promulgated on 22nd November, and that of the other three will be promulgated shortly. Sub-lieutenants are not promoted to lieutenant until they have served six months at sea, and been recommended by their commanding officers. There has been no delay in the present instance.

Their seniority on promotion depends on the results of the course which they undergo prior to promotion, and is often some months earlier than the actual date of promotion. In this case the seniority of the four officers are the

  • 16th November, 1938,
  • 16th April, 1938,
  • 1st August, 1938,
  • 16th October, 1938.