79. Major DAVIES
asked the Under-Secretary of State for War whether, whilst Regular officers employed at the Ministry of Munitions receive promotion from time to time, temporary officers employed under the Ministry of Munitions are not promoted whatever their technical qualifications and active service experience may be; whether there is any Regulation or informal understanding to the effect that temporary officers employed at the Ministry of Munitions are not to be promoted; and whether promotion for all persons employed by the Ministry of Munitions rests with the Ministry of Munitions. or the Secretary of State for War?
§ The UNDER-SECRETARY of STATE for WAR (Mr. Macpherson)
All officers who hold permanent commissions, namely, Regular, Special Reserve, and Territorial Force officers, employed at the Ministry are eligible for promotion. Temporary officers, that is, those who hold commissions for the period of the War only, are not so eligible, but they are by special 1293 arrangement permitted to retain their commissions although they have ceased to do duty as officers. All military promotions are dealt with by the War Office.