§ SIR RICHARD TEMPLE (Surrey, Kingston)
I beg to ask the Secretary of State for India, with reference to the Officers of the General List Indian Army, in view of a collective promise with reference to promotion and pension made to all Indian Officers (including the cadet who entered the service up to 1861) that is to say, the Officers now complaining of unequal treatment—by a Despatch of Sir Charles Wood, then Secretary of State, published to the Indian Army as G.G.O. 632, of 4th August 1864—will he explain whether the assurances of "promotion through every grade with the pay thereunto belonging," and the right to Indian pension maintained, include the grade of colonel with colonel's allowances, mentioned in paragraph 81?
§ MR. HENRY FOWLER
The passage in the Order of 1864, quoted by the hon. Member, refers to the prospects of promotion and pension under the rules then in force, including the succession to the colonel's allowance; but, as regards the officers who entered the 1050 service since 1858, this promise is subject to any change that might be introduced into the Service.