HC Deb 13 November 1945 vol 415 c2049W
Mr. Henderson Stewart

asked the Secretary of State for War if he has considered the cases brought to his notice where regiments now serving in B.A.O.R. are carrying a complement of officers higher than normal during any period of action where such officers are performing only administrative duties and, by their own testimony, are under-employed and have useful posts awaiting them at home; and whether, in view of such facts, he will reconsider the present regulation which retains officers who would otherwise be entitled to be released.

Mr. Lawson

Units are used or earmarked for various purposes and it is necessary in some cases to maintain them at full strength if they are to be in a position to fulfil their role. Officers are not being retained unnecessarily, and those units in B.A.O.R. which have a purely occupational role are deliberately under-posted.