§ DR. FARQUHARSON (Aberdeenshire, W.)
I beg to ask the Under Secretary of State for War, in view of the fact that in 1879 the War Office agreed to the issue of a warrant sanctioning the formation of a Royal Corps of Army Surgeons, whether he can state the reasons why legislative effect was not given to this recommendation; and whether the present War Office is prepared to follow the example of its predecessor?
§ MR. BRODRICK
A proposal to constitute the medical officers a corps of Royal Army Surgeons was made and considered in 1879, but was not adopted. I have explained already the reasons which make the Secretary of State unwilling to reopen the question.