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Officers Of Her Majesty's Army—Abolition Of Purchase

Volume 217: debated on Friday 1 August 1873

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asked the Secretary of State for War, Whether he will be in a position to state, before the close of the Session, the names of the Royal Commissioners appointed to investigate the allegations of Officers of the Army, relative to injury sustained by them consequent on the abolition of purchase; and, when the said Commissioners will commence their inquiry, and whether any special directions will be given them as to the manner in which such inquiry is to be conducted; or whether it will be open to them to adopt any course which they may think best calculated to enable them to arrive at a proper decision?

As I believe, Sir, we hope to be prorogued on Tuesday, I cannot expect that the Royal Commission can be formed in time for the names to be announced in the House. The Commission will be framed in conformity with the terms of Her Majesty's gracious answer to the Address of the House of Lords, and the Commissioners will, I hope, commence and prosecute their labours without any unnecessary delay.

Army—Majors Of The Scientific Corps (India)—Question

asked the Under Secretary of State for India, Whether the question of the pay of Majors of the Scientific Corps (R.A. and RE.) in India has been definitely settled; if so, on what basis; and, if not yet decided, what is the position of the question at the present moment?

In reply, Sir, to the hon. and gallant Gentleman, I have to say that a despatch on that subject from the Government of India is at present under the consideration of the Secretary of State in Council.