HC Deb 17 April 1888 vol 324 cc1489-90
DR. CLARK (Caithness)

asked the Secretary of State for War, Whether the new General Order restricting the enlistment of men for the Medical Staff Corps to three years Army and nine years Reserve service has been considered or approved of by the Director General; and, whether he has considered that the result of the new Regulations may be, that the men of the Corps will scarcely have become skilled in their nursing duties as orderlies when they will be removed and replaced by raw, unskilled men?

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

Every Army Order is issued on the responsibility of the Secretary of State, after consultation with his professional advisers. The importance of having a large reserve of trained men of the Medical Staff Corps available in war time is so great that the disadvantage of a somewhat curtailed training must be faced.