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India (Army Ghq)

Volume 416: debated on Thursday 29 November 1945

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asked the Under-Secretary of State for India (1) what was the total strength of the Directorate of Combined operations at G.H.Q., India, on VJ-Day and what is its strength now;(2)what is the total number of officers employed at G.H.Q., India; and how many of these are lieutenant-generals, major-generals, brigadiers and full colonels, respectively;(3)what total reduction in the number of officers employed at G.H.Q., India, has been made since VJ-Day; and. in particular, by how many the number of brigadiers employed has been reduced.

pursuant to his reply (OFFICIAL REPORT, 19th November, 1945; Vol. 416, c. 2 and 3), supplied the following statement:The strength of the Directorate of Combined operations at G.H.Q., India, on VT-Day was as follows:

Officers 40
Other ranks27
The strength on i8th November was:
Officers 15
Other ranks 12
The officer strength of G.H.Q., India, on 18th November was:
Others 2,375

The authorities in India report that the first reductions to take place in the establishment of G.H.Q., India, after VJ-Day were in the sanctioned posts which had not been filled owing to the overall shortage of officers. Reductions of officers in filled posts since VJ-Day number 116, of which three were Brigadiers, it is anticipated that the following decrease will be made in the authorised establishment between VJ-Day and the end of the year:

Brigadiers 15
others 729
Total 766