HC Deb 14 July 1887 vol 317 cc762-3

asked the Secretary of State for War, Whether Colonels, before promotion to Major General, undergo medical examination; if so, when the Order came into force, and how many Colonels have been so examined and pronounced unfit?

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

Under the terms of the Royal Warrant a Colonel cannot be promoted to be a Major General unless the Commander-in-Chief certify that he is competent to command in the field.

One important factor in this competence is physical fitness; and His Royal Highness requires the aid of a Medical Board to enable him to certify. The present arrangement took effect from December, 1885; but up to this time only two Colonels have been declared physically unfit.