HC Deb 04 May 1885 vol 297 cc1496-7

asked the Secretary of State for War, Whether he has received any communication from the officers of the Edinburgh University Volunteer Medical Staff Corps, asking that the corps may be included in the new Volunteer Medical Staff Corps; and, whether there is any reason why their request should not be complied with?


Yes, Sir; such an application was received after the Army Estimates, which fix the establishments for the year, were issued, and no addition to the corps could then be made. The new Volunteer Medical Staff Corps is an experiment in a sense; and although it is hoped to extend the scheme, it is thought that at present there should only be one corps, any additions taking the form of outlying detachments. But no additions can be made except in connection with the next Army Estimates, and when the establishments for the whole Force are under consideration.