HC Deb 08 February 1900 vol 78 c912
MR. M'CRAE (Edinburgh, E.)

I beg to ask the Under Secretary of State for War whether the Government are prepared to introduce a short amending Act to allow Volunteer officers to volunteer for active service, and to permit of their services as officers being accepted, where approved, by the War Office.

MR. LEES KNOWLES (Salford, W.)

I beg at the same time to ask the Under Secretary of State for War what is the provision in the Volunteer Act that disables Volunteer officers who are willing to serve Her Majesty outside Great Britain from being appointed officers in the regular Army by commission or acting commission, in the same way as gentlemen who are not Volunteer officers; and whether the acceptance of a commission or acting commission in the regular Army in itself binds the person accepting it to serve Her Majesty wherever called upon to do so.


It has been found possible to effect the object sought without an alteration of the Act. It was at first considered necessary to enlist officers as well as men in order to bring them under military law. The War Office is, however, now advised that the grant of a temporary commission will effect this object.


Does that apply to Imperial Yeomanry commissions as well?