HC Deb 28 May 1880 vol 252 cc636-7

asked the Secretary of State for War, What progress has been made towards reducing the number of Effective General Officers for the Guards and Line and the Indian Staff Corps to the number of 270, as contemplated in the Royal Warrant of 1877; and, what is the approximate date at which the separation between the two lists, detailed in paragraph 28 of the Warrant, is likely to occur?


Sir, in reply to my hon. Friend, I have to state that, according to the last Army List, there were 302 general officers of Guards and Line, and 70 of the Indian Staff Corps. The latter were at their established number; the former in process of reduction from about 328, which they had reached in 1877, to 200, by the absorption of one vacancy in three. The Lists, though printed together, were, on the 1st of October, 1877, separated for promotional purposes.