§ MR. A. C. MORTON (Peterborough)
I beg to ask the Secretary of State for War whether the Commander-in-Chief is about to resign; and, if so, whether the Government intend to carry out the recommendations of the Hartington Commission?
§ MR. CAMPBELL-BANNERMAN
I have no knowledge of any foundation for the rumour referred to. As to the course to be followed on the occurrence of a vacancy in the office of Commander-in-Chief, I can only repeat what I said in this House on the 11th September 1893, that, after the recommendation made by the Royal Commission on this subject,—I cannot conceive that any appointment of a permanent nature to the position of Commander-in-Chief of the Army can henceforth be made.