§ MR. A. J. BALFOUR
asked the Secretary of State for War, Whether the 1504 rumour is correct that the Adjutant of the Somersetshire Militia is to be appointed Adjutant of the Oxfordshire Militia, and in succession to Captain Boyle; if so, whether such an appointment is not in contravention of the territorial system as explained by Lord Cardwell and Mr. Childers, who gave it to be understood that all Adjutancies of the Auxiliary Forces would in future be supplied from the Territorial Regiments?
THE MARQUESS OF HARTINGTON
Both Line battalions of the territorial regiment being abroad, no officer could be spared from them to assume the duties of Adjutant to the 4th Battalion (formerly the Oxford Militia). At the request of the commanding officer of the 4th Battalion, the Adjutant of the Somersetshire Militia, who had formerly served in the 2nd Battalion (late 52nd Foot) was accordingly appointed.