asked the Secretary of State for War whether he will consider the promotion to the rank of captain of all lieutenant-paymasters in the R.A.P.C. who were commissioned prior to 31st December, 1939, in view of the fact that so many of these officers at middle age left profitable private practices to come to the aid of the R.A.P.C. and are now so frequently passed over by younger officers of less service?
Promotion, which is given in recognition of the higher responsibilities and duties which an officer is called upon to perform, has been open to all the officers referred to by my hon. and gallant Friend, and nearly two-thirds of those in the category referred to still serving in the R.A.P.C. have in fact been promoted since their appointment as lieutenants and paymasters.