HC Deb 07 June 1875 vol 224 c1468

asked the Secretary of State for War, Whether it is true that an Order, or recommendation in any shape, has been issued from the Army authorities to Officers commanding Line regiments of Infantry to induce or encourage the men under their command to volunteer to the Foot Guards?


in reply, said, he had to inform the hon. and gallant Member that no Order had been issued as represented in the Question; but as certain regiments of the Line were considerably in excess of their establishments, the commanding officers of the regiments of Guards were informed that there was no objection to their communicating privately with the commanding officers of such Line regiments to know if any of their men, of the standard height, would volunteer to serve in the Guards who were below their strength.