HC Deb 21 June 1888 vol 327 cc804-6

asked the Secretary of State for War, Whether officers of the Line are being appointed to Engineer Volunteer Corps; and, if so, whether this arises from paucity of Royal Engineer officers available for such appointments, or lack of advantages necessary to induce them to leave their own corps to become adjutants of Volunteer Corps?

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

Line officers have been appointed as adjutants of Engineer Volunteer Corps in consequence of the paucity of Engineer officers available. Officers of the Royal Engineers are not seconded when holding extra-regimental appointments. Eight officers have been added to the corps for this purpose; but as the Engineer Auxiliary Forces require 18 adjutants some must be provided from other sources.