HC Deb 16 June 1884 vol 289 c390

asked the Under Secretary of State for India, What is the proportion of officers in the Administrative grade of the Indian Medical Department to that of the Executive grade; has the number of Administrative grade appointments been diminished within the last few years; has a recent alteration been made in the limit of age for compulsory retirement; and, has this checked promotion?


My reply is as follows:—(1.) The proportion is one Administrative officer to 27 Executive officers. (2.) In 1880, as shown in the Blue Book, 2,921 of 1881, page 283, there was a reduction of one Administrative officer. (3.) In 1880, the limits of age for compulsory retirement were fixed at 55 years for the new rank of brigade-surgeons and surgeons-major, and at 60 years for surgeons-general and deputy surgeons-general, instead of at 55 and 65 years respectively. (4.) The effect of lowering the age for compulsory retirement in the higher grades must be to quicken, not to retard, promotion.