§ CAPTAIN NORTON (Newington, W.)
I beg to ask the First Lord of the Admiralty whether he can state if the medical authorities were consulted in connection with the recent appointment to Haslar Hospital; and whether the appointment made was in accordance with their recommendation.
The qualifications of all the officers whose seniority might en- 682 title them to consideration for the appointment in question were thoroughly and exhaustively sifted in consultation with the Medical Authorities. The responsibility for the ultimate choice rested, as I have stated before, with me. Neither as regards executive, medical, or any other officers am I prepared to say on whose recommendation I act. I must say I think the hon. and gallant Member is somewhat ill-advised in pressing this question.
§ CAPTAIN NORTON
The right hon. Gentleman has not answered my question as to whether the appointment was in accordance with the recommendation of the medical authorities.
I have answered the question. I said that the responsibility rested with me and not with the medical authorities, or any class of officers. I am not prepared to state on what recommendation I acted.