HC Deb 14 August 1883 vol 283 cc467-8

asked the Secretary of State for War, Whether, in view of the fact that it is impossible for the House, at this period of the Session, to be afforded an adequate opportunity of expressing its opinion with regard to the Report of the Committee of Inquiry into the Army Hospital Services, it is intended, before next Session, to act on the recommendation of that Committee with regard to the proposed change in the position of the Medical Officers with the Household Troops, a recommendation dissented from by two Members of the Committee, and opposed to the opinions of all the military authorities who gave evidence on the subject?


Sir, I propose, as soon after the end of the Session as possible, to examine carefully all the recommendations of Lord Morley's Committee, and to consider how far they shall be adopted and given effect to in next year's Estimates. I cannot undertake, with reference to the particular recommendation adverted to in the Question of the hon, Member, that no steps shall be taken towards its adoption before the House has had an opportunity of discussing it; because, like all other decisions, it must be taken on the responsibility of the Government, and not of the House of Commons. But the House will, on the Army Estimates next year, have a full opportunity of discussing the question, and of expressing its opinion on any action which may be taken by the Government.


I rise to thank the noble Marquess for his answer, qualified though it is, and beg to give Notice that I intend, on the first opportunity, to call attention to the evidence given before the Committee of Inquiry into the Army Hospital Services with regard to the working of those Services during the Egyptian Campaign, and to the change recommended in the Report of the Committee with regard to the position of the medical officers of the Household Troops, and to move a Resolution.