§ COLONEL WYNDHAM MURRAY (Bath)
I beg to ask the Under Secretary of State for War whether it is the case that when the number of Lieutenant-Generals (Cavalry and Infantry) was fixed at 13 there were only two Lieutenant-Generals' Commands in India (exclusive of the Commander-in-Chief), but that now, since the new organisation of the Indian Army, there are four such commands (exclusive of the Commander-in-Chief); whether 1018 some vacant Lieutenant-Generals' Commands have lately been given to Major-Generals; and whether, under these circumstances, it is proposed to increase the establishment of Lieutenant-Generals by two?
THE FINANCIAL SECRETARY TO THE WAR OFFICE (Mr. J. POWELL-WILLIAMS,) Birmingham, S.
Perhaps I may be allowed to answer, in the absence of my honourable Friend. The answer to the first paragraph of my honourable and gallant Friend's question is in the affirmative. Three commands as Lieutenant-General have lately been given to. Major-Generals, not because of insufficiency in the establishment of Lieutenant-Generals, but because the officers in question were considered to be, under all the circumstances, most suitable for those commands. It is not proposed to increase the establishment of Lieutenant-Generals.