HC Deb 04 April 1884 vol 286 c1651

asked the Secretary to the Admiralty, What are the recommendations of the War Office Committee as to the employment of Officers of the Royal Marines on the Staff of the Army; and, do the Admiralty intend to carry them into effect?


I have been asked to reply to his Question. The instructions to the Committee on the Royal Marines, over which I had the honour to preside, were that we should Inquire into and report on the conditions as regards pay and service of officers of the Royal Marines when employed on the General Staff of the Army. We reported our opinion that the eligibility of officers of Royal Marines for such employment was clearly established by the Queen's Regulations, section 5, par. 68, if read in connection with the Army Act, 1881, section 190, sub-section 8; and our recommendations were to the effect that when officers of the Royal Marines shall be employed on the Staff of the Army they should be subject to the same conditions as regards pay and service as now are applied to the officers of the Army. The Admiralty intend to carry out these recommendations of the Committee.