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Volume 203: debated on Monday 11 July 1870

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said, he would beg to ask the Secretary of State for War, Whether any regulation is in force by which officers of the Army holding Staff Appointments are required to leave such offices after a service of five years; and whether there are any officers to whom such regulation has not been applied; and, if so, upon what principle such exemption is justified?

Sir, the 106th section of the Royal Warrant says—

"All Staff appointments, except those of Officers on our Personal Staff, of the Officer Commanding in Chief, and of Officers on his Personal Staff, and the Staff of our Garrisons, shall beheld for five years only, unless by re-appointment under special circumstances."
I believe that the only officers at the present time to whom this rule is applicable, and has not been applied, axe the Adjutant General, who continues to discharge his duties until the arrival of his successor from Gibraltar, and the Deputy Adjutant General of Royal Artillery, who has been continued for a short time to complete the re-distribution of the Royal Artillery, rendered necessary by the reductions in India.