HC Deb 26 January 1897 vol 45 cc510-1

I beg to ask the Secretary of State of India whether, with reference to the under officering of Madras infantry regiments, to which his attention was called last Session, he has caused inquiries to be made into the cause of the constant depletion of Madras regiments by transfer of Officers, and its effects on the efficiency and morale of the Corps, and the best way of providing a remedy; and what, if any, explanations have been offered or steps taken in the matter?


I have been, and am still, in communication with the Government of India on the questions raised by my hon. Friend, and the Government are looking into the matter, though I have not yet received any full report on the subject from them. I may say, however, that there is no reason to suppose that the circumstances of Madras regiments in respect of officers differ in any way from those of Bengal and Bombay regiments.