§ DR. FARQUHARSON (Aberdeenshire, W.)
To ask the Secretary of State for War whether the augmentation of the number of medical officers on the list of Colonels Royal Army Medical Corps, notified in the War Office Gazettes of 13th June and 22nd July, 1902, is the augmentation which was provided for in the Estimates passed by the House of Commons in April and May, 1900; and, seeing that the delay in carrying out the augmentation unfavourably affects the position of some officers on the list of Colonels Royal Army Medical Corps, will he take steps to rectify the same.
(Answered by Mr. Secretary Brodrick.) The reply is in the negative. The increase of colonels in Estimates 1900–1901 was due to the necessity for providing for two supernumerary officers. The recent appointments were due to the augmentation in connection with the Army Corps scheme.