HC Deb 12 December 1878 vol 243 c635

asked the Under Secretary of State for India, Whether the proposed increase to the Native Army of India will include any addition to the number of British Regimental Officers; and, if not, whether he can give the House any information as to the grounds on which such decision has been arrived at; and, whether the General Commanding in Chief in India and His Royal Highness the Field Marshal Commanding in Chief have been consulted on the subject?


Sir the Government of India have made no recommendation for any increase of the number of English regimental officers. No opportunity has, therefore, arisen for consulting His Royal Highness the Duke of Cambridge on the subject. I presume that whatever decision is come to on the subject by the Governor General in India will be upon the advice of his responsible military advisers.