HC Deb 16 May 1881 vol 261 c565

asked the Secretary of State for War, Whether Her Majesty's Government will accord to Volunteer Battalion Surgeons, after twelve years' service, the rank and title of Surgeon Major, as in the case of Militia Battalion Surgeons; and, whether they will give to them, under the Memorandum showing the principal changes in Army Organization, &c., intended to take effect from 1st July 1881, the same privileges upon retirement, after fifteen years' service, as to other officers of the Auxiliary Forces?


Sir, in reply to the hon. Member, I have to state that Volunteer surgeons will be on the same footing as Militia surgeons not on the Departmental list—that is to say, they will, after 20 years' service, receive a step of honorary rank, or on retirement, if duly recommended for it. Volunteer surgeons will, after 15 years' service, be entitled to retain their rank.