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Army—The Horse Guards And The War Department—Question

Volume 202: debated on Tuesday 28 June 1870

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said, he would beg to ask the Secretary of State for War, If there is any truth in the report which has been circulated that, by a recent Order in Council, changes have taken place in the relations between His Royal Highness the Field Marshal Commanding in Chief and the War Department; and, if any, what those changes are?

Sir, an Order in Council defining the duties of the Officer Commanding-in-Chief has received the sanction of Her Majesty, and has been laid before Parliament. The intention of that Order is to define, in the clearest terms, and by the highest authority, what is the position of the Officer Commanding-in-Chief. I believe it will be found to be in entire conformity with the declarations which I have always made in this House upon that subject; and, in making those declarations, I have always had the entire concurrence of his Royal Highness.