HC Deb 08 July 1856 vol 143 c524

said, he rose to move that an humble Address be presented to her Majesty, praying that she would be graciously pleased to take into consideration the injury inflicted on those lieutenant colonels of the army who attained that rank before the 20th day of June, 1854, and who had been superseded by the retrospective action of the warrant of the 6th day of October, 1854. Previous to the warrant of the 6th of October, the principal if not the sole object was to obtain the rank of lieutenant colonel, from which all the higher ranks in the army spring. Up to that rank all the grades of the army were purchasable, but beyond that they were obtained by brevet. The peculiar feature of the old system was this, that once an officer became lieutenant colonel, from that no officer could pass over his head to the higher ranks unless for the special cases of distinguished services or aide-de-camp to the Queen.

Notice taken, that Forty Members were not present; House counted; and Forty Members not being present,

The House was adjourned at Nine o'clock.