HC Deb 09 April 1957 vol 568 cc103-4W
Mr. Kershaw

asked the Secretary of State for War the average length of time during which a sergeant on Regular engagement serves in that paid rank; and how long the average corporal on Regular engagement serves in that rank.

Mr. John Hare

The time spent in paid ranks varies considerably between the different corps of the Army, and even within those corps where separate trade promotion rolls are maintained. The average periods requested by my hon. Friend are not therefore readily available in the War Office and could not be worked out without disproportionate effort.