§ Major Wyatt
asked the Secretary of State for War what is the present proportion of officers to other ranks; and what was the proportion of officers to other ranks in June, 1940.
§ Mr. Lawson
On 30th June, 1940, the overall ratio was one officer to 21 other ranks; on 30th September, 1945, it was one to 14. No true comparison can be made, however, without taking into account the changes in the Army's com-376W mitments. For example, there were more than 11 times as many British officers with the Indian Army and Colonial Forces in September, 1945, as there were in June, 1940; further the present occupational tasks involve a high proportion of civil affairs officers.