HC Deb 03 March 1890 vol 341 c1624
DR. FARQUHARSON (Aberdeenshire, W.)

I beg to ask the Secretary of State for War what action he has taken, or intends to take, with reference to the recommendations contained, in the Report of the Committee appointed to inquire into the pay, status, and conditions of service of the medical officers of the Army and Navy, which was laid upon the Table of the House in August, 1889; and whether it his intention to print the evidence taken before that Committee for the information of the House?


The recommendations of the Committee; would, if carried out, involve an annual increase of expenditure exceeding £100,000, for which no sufficient grounds appear to me to have been brought forward. I do not propose to give effect to the recommendations involving expenditure; and as regards the recommendation to confer combatant titles on medical officers, as I find that my military advisers are unanimously opposed to it, and the naval medical officers do not desire it, no change is pro posed in the titles. It is not intended to publish the evidence, but if the hon. Member would like to see it I shall be happy to show it to him, or to any other hon. Member who may be interested.