HC Deb 27 November 1945 vol 416 cc1269-70W
Wing-Commander Robinson

asked the Secretary of State for War whether he is aware that, consequent upon the heavy sickness and death rates among prisoners of war in Japanese hands, certain local, promotions were made by British commanders in order to fill the gaps so created and to maintain the successful running of the prisoner-of-war camps; and whether, where the persons concerned have acquitted themselves well in their positions of responsibility, he will take steps to confirm these, promotions.

Mr. Lawson

I am aware of such local promotions, but there is no authority for promotion in respect of duties performed while under enemy control. Records of good service as prisoners of war are carefully noted to the credit of the officer or man concerned.

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