HC Deb 30 November 1939 vol 355 cc275-6W
Major Owen

asked the Secretary of State for War whether he is aware that, as a result of a pamphlet issued by command of the Army Council, dated 28th August, 1939, and an addendum thereto since issued, Territorial officers will only count in Army seniority by virtue of brevet rank from the date of calling-up or of general mobilisation, whereas Regular Army officers will count in Army seniority from the original date of such rank; and whether he will take steps to remedy this discrimination?

Sir V. Warrender

Before the war, Territorial Army officers were junior to Regular Army officers of the same rank, irrespective of the date of appointment to the rank. During the war Territorial Army officers will reckon seniority, as compared with officers of other branches of the Army, from 24th August last or from any later date of appointment or promotion, and they will be senior to Regular Army officers subsequently appointed or promoted to the same rank. The relative position of the Territorial Army officer has, therefore, been improved.