HC Deb 19 March 1890 vol 342 cc1225-6

Resolutions reported (see pages 1028–1081).

First four Resolutions agreed to.

Resolution 5.

(5.40.) DR. TANNER (Cork Co., Mid)

I should like to point out on this Resolution that when before the Navy Estimates Committee Mr. Dick, who is connected with the Medical Department of the Navy, stated that it had been recommended by Lord Camperdown's Committee—and this gentleman felt it his duty to support the recommendation as strongly as he could—that medical officers returning after long absence from medical service abroad should be given a period of leave—say six weeks or two months—to bring themselves abreast of the most recent medical and surgical knowledge. This is the system adopted in Germany, and I think it is one worthy of imitation. I am anxious not to detain the House at this period. I frequently object to discussion at this hour, and desire myself to avoid a course which I have to complain of in others; but I should like to hear from the noble Lord whether anything is to follow from the recommendations I have referred to.


We desire to give effect to these recommendations. I agree with the hem. Member that a short training would be of great use to medical men who return from long periods of foreign service, and I can assure the hon. Member that the question has not been lost sight of. It is now being considered.

Resolution agreed to.

Resolutions 6, 7, 8 and 9, agreed to.

Tenth Resolution postponed.

Subsequent Resolutions agreed to.

Postponed Resolution to be considered to-morrow. Ordered, That the Resolution which, upon the 14th day of this instant March, was reported from the Committee of Supply, and which was then agreed to by the House, be now read; That a number of Land Forces, not exceeding 153,483, all ranks, be maintained for the Service of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland at Home and Abroad, excluding Her Majesty's Indian Possessions, during the year ending on the 31st day of March 1891. Ordered, That leave he given to bring in a Bill to provide, during Twelve Months, for the Discipline and Regulation of the Army; and that Mr. Secretary Stanhope, Lord George Hamilton, the Judge Advocate General, and Mr. Brodrick, do prepare and bring it in.