HC Deb 28 January 1947 vol 432 c165W
128. Brigadier Low

asked the Secretary of State for War the average time which elapses between the submission by an officer with an emergency commission of his application for a Regular commission and the announcement to that officer of the decision reached on his application; arid whether he intends to reduce this delay.

Mr. Bellenger

The time varies with the location of the candidate, his availability to attend a board and the availability of the board. Borderline cases moreover have to be specially reviewed at the War Office. Steps have recently been taken to improve the procedure in the War Office and to increase the staff dealing with applications. As a result, in straightforward cases in this country and in Rhine Army the average time taken is between six and eight weeks. For candidates serving further afield two to four weeks more must be added and borderline cases may take still longer.