HC Deb 08 March 1887 vol 311 c1586

asked the Secretary of State for War, Whether he will consider the question of granting, in the Jubilee year, any Commissions to the Warrant Officers of the Royal Navy, and to the Non-Commissioned Officers of the Army?

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

The grant of Commissions must depend on the vacancies occurring; and provision is already made for the promotion of as many Warrant and Non-Commissioned Officers as is considered desirable. It would not be for the public good to increase the number on account of an event unconnected with military service. I understand from the First Lord of the Admiralty that the same view is held with regard to the Navy.