HC Deb 11 June 1896 vol 41 c834
GENERAL LAURIE (Pembroke and Haverfordwest)

I beg to ask the Under Secretary of State for War, what are the rules regulating the appointment to second in command of infantry battalions; whether officers who in due course of seniority succeed to this position are required to rejoin their battalions; and, whether, if they hold staff or other appointments, they are permitted to retain them; if so, whether the next senior officer, it qualified, receivers the appointment as second in command?


As laid down in Article 18 of Section IV. of the Queen's Regulations, majors succeed by seniority to the position or second in command as a general rule, but subject to exceptions in the interest of the service, and to special arrangements in the case of majors employed extra-regimentally. These rules are, however, at present under revision.