HC Deb 26 July 1881 vol 263 c1900

asked the Secretary of State for War, Whether Artillery Officers who were appointed to substantive majorities prior to 1st October 1877, and who complete seven years full pay service as Majors, are entitled under the Royal Warrant of 25th June 1881 to exercise the option accorded to them in the fiftieth section of the Revised Memorandum on Army Organisation, viz., the option to accept promotion to be half pay Lieutenant Colonels, with the privilege of being eligible for regimental or staff service in that rank?


Sir, in reply to the hon. Member, I must admit that the words of the Warrant do not express with sufficient clearness the intention on this point of the Revised Memorandum, and I will cause the option which it was intended to give to majors of Artillery with seven years' regimental duty to be more plainly given.