HC Deb 07 December 1943 vol 395 cc790-1W
Mr. Banfield

asked the Secretary of State for War how many officers and other ranks of the R.A.P.C., in medical categories A1 to B7 inclusive, remain in home pay offices; and what steps he is taking to transfer them to more active duties?

Sir J. Grigg

It would not be in the public interest for me to give the actual numbers. As regards officers now employed in Pay Offices at home, 42 per cent. are in medical category A, 41 per cent. in category B and 17 per cent. in category C. Of the category A officers, 83 per cent. are over 35 years of age, and their average age is 43½; the average age over all officers in the Corps is 41 years. Of the total clerks employed in home Pay Offices, 36 per cent. are soldiers of medical categories A to B7. These include instructors, supervisors and other non-commissioned officers and men classified for employment on non-combatant duties. A number of category A soldiers are, however, being transferred to other arms as soon as suitable replacements can be obtained.