HC Deb 05 July 1900 vol 85 c628
MR. CHANNING (Northamptonshire,. E.)

I beg to ask the Under Secretary of State for War if he will explain why allowances for attendance at camp are only made to the senior surgeon of a Volunteer battalion, and not also to the junior surgeons; and whether the War Office will consider the claim of junior, surgeons to have an allowance in respect, of attendance in camp.


As I stated in, answer to a question on 21st June, on-medical officer is allowed in each unit, one additional for each brigade, and three for each bearer company. This is considered, sufficient.


Is the hon. Gentleman aware that this is considered a great hardship by a large number of the junior surgeons?


We could note possibly give a Volunteer battalion, at the cost of the public, a much larger medical staff than is allowed to a battalion of regular troops.

SIR HOWARD VINCENT (Sheffield,. Central)

I beg to ask the Under Secretary of State for War if a decision has, yet been taken to facilitate the attendance of Volunteer surgeons in camp, and to enable the pay and allowances of one surgeon to be divided according to the attendance their private practice enables them to give.


Yes, Sir. The Secretary of State for War has decided to make this concession to the medical officers of Volunteer corps.