HC Deb 07 May 1900 vol 82 cc875-6
* SIR CHARLES DILKE (Gloucestershire, Forest of Dean)

I beg to ask the Under Secretary of State for War whether, with regard to the new field batteries, Nos. 101 to 125, inclusive, of the majors in command, as given in the April Army List, nine, and of the captains, given as supposed to be with the batteries, ten, are actually on special duty in South Africa; what numbers of retired majors or captains of the Royal Artillery have been drawing retired pay with liability to service; and what number of those lieutenant-colonels, - majors, and captains have been employed.


Thirteen majors and ten captains posted to the batteries mentioned are in South Africa, and will come home as soon as they can be spared. There are thirty-one lieutenant-colonels, sixty-four majors, and twelve captains of Royal Artillery in receipt of retired pay with a liability for service. Of these two lieutenant-colonels, twenty-two majors and seven captains have been employed.