HC Deb 29 February 1884 vol 285 cc214-5

asked the Secretary to the Admiralty, Whether the Admiralty have decided that the provisions contained in Paragraph 34, section 5, of the Queen's Regulations and Orders for the Army, relative to Confidential Reports, to the effect that— Whenever an Officer is disadvantageously reported upon, he will be officially informed of the particulars of such Report by the Officer making it, are to apply to Officers of the Royal Marines; and, if not, what is the reason for withholding this privilege from them?


Sir, the paragraph in question is contained in the Queen's Regulations and Orders of the Army, the provisions of which do not apply to the Royal Marines unless specially ordered to apply by the Board of Admiralty. In such matters as that referred to the Royal Marines are naturally subject to Navy Rules, according to which it is in the discretion of the officer who makes a report whether or not its nature shall be communicated to the officer reported on.