HC Deb 12 December 1878 vol 243 cc632-3

asked the Secretary of State for War, Whether it is true that the Committee of the War Office on the Army Medical Department has recommended that open competition for appointments of Medical Officers should be discontinued, and a system of nomination be substituted; and, if so, whether he will lay the Report of the Committee, and the reply thereto of the Board of Examiners, upon the Table of the House, before any action is taken by Royal Warrant to carry out such recommendation?


asked the Secretary of State for War, Whether he will lay upon the Table a Copy of the Report of the Committee appointed by Lord Cranbrook to inquire into the causes of the insufficient supply of eligible Candidates for the Army Medical Service, together with the evidence taken?


in reply, said, it was true that the Committee referred to had recommended that open competition, to the extent of one-half, for appointments of medical officers should be discontinued, and that a system of nomination should be substituted. Each nomination was to be, however, from the Medical School. He had no objection to lay the Report upon the Table; but with regard to the reply of the Board of Examiners, though in the concluding paragraph they requested publicity to be given to it, it was somewhat contradictorily marked "confidential." He would therefore have to communicate with them on the subject; but there was no doubt that it would be laid on the Table.