HC Deb 14 August 1882 vol 273 c1679

asked the Secretary to the Admiralty, As a large number of men of the Royal Marines are now under the command of the General Commanding in Egypt, and are not serving in the Fleet, why a previous custom in the Crimean and China campaigns of appointing a special Brigadier belonging to the Royal Marines has now been departed from?


Sir, I have already, on several occasions, explained that the Marines now attached to the Fleet in Egypt are required to perform services in connection with the Fleet, for which the Navy is responsible. The Marines will not be attached as a brigade to the Army, as was the case in the Crimea and China; and, therefore, in the present instance the services of a brigadier are not required.