HC Deb 23 August 1887 vol 319 cc1533-4
MR. JAMES STUART (Shoreditch, Hoxton)

asked the Secretary of State for War, Whether it is the case that nursing sisters engaged in medical service with the Army are only allowed 15 days' leave in each year with pay; how long this Regulation has existed; whether medical officers get 61 days' leave in each year, with pay; and, whether he will consider the question of granting more favourable conditions as to leave to nursing sisters when on foreign service than they at present enjoy?

THE SECRETARY OF STATE (Mr. E. STANHOPE) (Lincolnshire, Horncastle)

The present Regulation leave of a nursing sister is 15 days, under a Regulation of May, 1885. Medical officers have 61 days' leave, when they can be spared. By a new Rule, which will take effect from next year, the ordinary leave of nursing sisters will be increased to 30 days, and they will be allowed on foreign stations to accumulate their leave.