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Volume 203: debated on Tuesday 26 July 1870

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said, he wished to ask the Under Secretary of State for India, Whether those recommendations of the "Ordnance Retirement Committee," which may be adopted for the Regiment of Royal Artillery, will be made applicable to those Officers who were transferred from the late Indian Artilleries and amalgamated with the Royal Artillery, the Colonels of the late Indian Artilleries having at present to serve from forty to forty-five years for the pension of £600 per annum, which is obtainable by the Colonels of the Old Royal Artillery after thirty years' service?

Sir, officers formerly of the Indian Artillery and Engineers who were transferred to the Royal Artillery and Engineers in 1861 are allowed the benefit of the Indian rules for pension, whether they serve in or out of India, or they may retire on the full pay of their rank after 22 years' service. There is, therefore, no necessity for applying to them the recommendations of Captain Vivian's Committee, and no intention of doing so.