HC Deb 08 May 1891 vol 353 cc360-1
MR. HANBURY (Preston)

I beg to ask the Secretary of State for War what rules, if any, exist regulating the right of officers on the Active List to act as Directors of Public Companies; and whether he is aware that the name of the Commandant of the School of Musketry at Hythe is being advertised as already a Director of a Mining and Exploring Company, and in that capacity vendor of a silver mine to a second company, the Board of which he further proposes to join as a Director after allotment?

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

There is no regulation which prevents an officer on full pay from becoming the Director of a Public Company, provided it in no way interferes with his being able to devote all the time that is necessary to the efficient discharge of his duties. Nothing is known at the War Office as to the connection of the Commandant at Hythe with any Mining or Exploring Company.


May I ask whether it is not the fact that the gentleman in question had been advertised for days in all the daily newspapers as being upon the Directorate of a Mining and Exploration Company?


Since the question has been placed upon the Notice Paper I have not received any information on the subject, neither have I had an opportunity of communicating with the Commandant at Hythe; but if the hon. Member wishes I will make inquiries.