HC Deb 03 April 1876 vol 228 cc1098-9

asked the Secretary of State for War, If the brigades of Artillery at Malta and Gibraltar are commanded by the senior Lieutenant Colonels of Artillery at these stations; if the strength of each of these brigades is at least equal to that of an infantry regiment; and, further, if these Lieutenant Colonels are allowed command pay as at present drawn by the Lieutenant Colonels commanding infantry regiments?


Sir, my reply to the first part of the Question must be in the affirmative. As to the second, the strength of each of these brigades is somewhat in excess of an Infantry regiment. With regard to the third, previous to the 1st of April, 1875, the brigades at Malta and Gibraltar were commanded by the colonels on the Staff, and the lieutenant colonels, up to that date, had charge merely of sub-districts. Under the new organization, these lieutenant colonels Royal Artillery do not at present receive command pay as drawn by lieutenant colonels commanding Infantry regiments, but the subject has not been overlooked, and is now under consideration.