HC Deb 23 May 1898 vol 58 c383

I beg to ask the Under Secretary of State for War whether he is able, in the interests of the Volunteer Force, to communicate to the House the steps taken by the Commander-in-Chief to stop the sale of honorary colonelcies of Volunteer regiments, and to cancel the commissions of those gentlemen who have, for monetary considerations, introduced into the Volunteer Force unsuitable candidates for honorary field rank?


In reference to the matter alluded to by the honourable Member, the commission of one honorary colonel has, as I have already stated in this House, been cancelled. The resignation of the commanding officer of a Volunteer regiment, who was the channel of communication in this case, has been accepted. The question of taking steps to prevent similar occurrences in future is now under consideration.