HC Deb 30 March 1871 vol 205 c892

asked the Secretary of State for War, If it be the fact, as stated in the newspapers, that Colonel Shute is about to retire from the command of the 4th Dragoon Guards, and that the promotion is to be allowed to go in the Regiment; if he has taken steps to prevent the result of such an arrangement being, that Colonel Shute, who has already recovered all he was entitled to on retiring from the Inniskillings, and who received his position in the 4th Dragoon Guards without purchase, should receive a further bonus now at the expense of the public, who would eventually have to compensate those Officers who should pay for Colonel Shute's retirement; and, if he has considered the possibility of issuing such orders as may prevent Officers from making use of the interval between the introduction and the passing of the Army Regulation Bill to make arrangements that would add to the burden of compensation eventually falling on the public?


Sir, Colonel Shute has withdrawn his application, and is not about to retire from the command of this regiment. The rules of the system will be strictly observed, and the Bill contains a provision that no officer shall receive in pursuance of the Act a greater sum in respect of his retirement than he would have received if the Act had not passed.