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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, How far, in the opinion of the Field Marshal Commanding in Chief, the Order in the Queen's Regulations, par. 1,087, "all marches are to commence at as early an hour as the season of the year will admit of," was complied with in the case of the 9th Regiment, whose march on the 21st of June began at 9 A.M. and ended at 5 P.M., and on the 22nd began at 6 A.M. and ended at 5 P.M.; and also in the case of the 94th, whose march on the 21st, 22nd, and 23rd began at 8¼, 8¼, and at 9¼ A.M.; and, who was the Officer, in the case of each of these Regiments, who was responsible for the hour at which the marches took place?

Sir, in the opinion of His Royal Highness the Order in the Queen's Regulations, par. 1,087, was not complied with, all the marches having commenced at too late an hour. His Royal Highness has, in a Minute addressed to the Adjutant General and Quartermaster General of the Army, expressed his views in detail on the subject of the late marches, and has directed his disapprobation to be conveyed to the officers in command for their neglect of the instructions laid down distinctly for their guidance in the Queen's Regulations, and has further desired that a General Order shall be published with the view of enforcing more attention to the regulations upon this subject. Colonel Thomas Knox, C.B., was in command of the 9th Regiment, and Major Lord John Taylour of the 94th Regiment, and they are answerable for the hour of starting.