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Volume 202: debated on Thursday 30 June 1870

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said, he would beg to ask the Secretary of State for War, Whether any, and if any what representations were made to the War Office or Horse Guards by Colonel Smyth, or any other person or persons, affecting or reflecting upon the character of Mr. Abraham Hoskins, surgeon, of Birmingham, who has been dismissed from the appointment he held in connection with the barracks and recruits at Birmingham?

No complaint, Sir, has been made of the manner in which Mr. Hoskins performed the duty of examining recruits at Birmingham. No imputation rests upon his character: Colonel Smyth completely withdrew any such imputation. The reason no civil practitioner is now employed to examine recruits at Birmingham, is that under the new arrangement of military districts an Army medical officer is stationed there.