HC Deb 02 July 1942 vol 381 cc523-4W
Major Kimball

asked the Secretary of State for War whether he is aware that in many cases of officers retired under Army Council Instruction 422/42, their chances of obtaining civilian employment are pre- judiced by the interpretation placed upon this Army Council Instruction that their retirement is due to inefficiency; and will he clear up the position by explaining that the retirement under this Army Council Instruction is solely on the grounds of age?

Mr. Sandys

The determining factors in deciding whether an officer shall continue to be employed, are his ability to discharge his duties successfully in all circumstances, the extent of his knowledge, qualifications and experience and the current needs of the Service. Every officer relegated to unemployment, under this review receives from the Army Council a letter of thanks for his services, which makes it clear that his relegation to unemployment is not regarded in any way as a reflection upon his military record, character or conduct.