§ SIR GUYER HUNTER (Hackney, Central)
I beg to ask the Under Secretary of State for India whether the rank of medical officers, mentioned in Article 267A of the recent Royal Warrant, as carrying "precedence and other advantages indicated by the military portion of the title," has been infringed by a recent ruling of the Commander-in-Chief of the Bombay Army, relative to the position, at mess, of medical officers organically belonging to native regiments in India, in which it is declared that the senior combatant officer present takes military precedence on all occasions; and, if such ruling be valid, what is the precise nature and scope of the "precedence" set forth in the Article quoted of the Royal Warrant?
THE UNDER SECRETARY OF STATE FOR INDIA (Mr. CURZON,) Lancashire, Southport
The Secretary of State has not seen the ruling referred to; but such ruling would be in accordance with paragraph 66, Section 7, of the Queen's Regulations for the Army. The latter part of the question should be addressed to the Secretary of State for War.