§ MR. BROOKFIELD
I beg to ask the Secretary of State for War whether it is the case that Militia candidates for commissions in the Army are not, by the present Regulations, eligible for appointment to the West India Regiment; and, if so, whether he can state the reason for this disqualification?
§ MR. CAMPBELL-BANNERMAN
Application from a Militia candidate for a commission in the West India Regiment has occurred but rarely, but I know of no objection to such an appointment if there should at any time be a vacancy available. As, however, a Militia candidate is eligible for a commission in the Line till nearly the age which is the present limit for appointment to the West India Regiment, and that limit is in course of reduction, it would be a doubtful advantage to offer commissions in the West India Regiment in exchange for the same number in regiments of the Line.