§ MR. STACPOOLE
asked the Secretary of State for War, If it is the fact that the Medical Officers of the Army have of late been refused the privilege they have heretofore enjoyed of being allowed to exchange, even when the exchanges proposed have been in strict conformity with the rules laid down by his Royal Highness the Field Marshal Commanding-in-Chief and the Secretary of State for War; and, if so, whether it is intended to maintain a system by which those officers are refused a privilege which has been allowed to all other 419 Officers of the Army, whether combatant or non-combatant?
MR. GATHORNE HARDY
, in reply, said, that prior to the issuing of the Warrant of March, 1873, medical officers had been allowed to exchange, so as to obtain a fair share of foreign service. Since that period exchanges had not been encouraged, but some had been made.