COLONEL LONG (Worcestershire, Evesham)
I beg to ask the Secretary of State for War what is the proportion of appointments given to officers of the rank of colonel to the numbers of officers of the rank of regimental lieutenant-colonel in the Royal Engineers, the Royal Artillery, and the Infantry respectively.
§ THE FINANCIAL SECRETARY TO THE WAR OFFICE (Lord STANLEY,) Lancashire, Westhoughton
I am afraid that I cannot give my hon. and gallant friend any reply to his Question, as any figures I could supply would be misleading. The Army Corps system is not yet in full operation, and the present proportions are in process of change. Further, it must be remembered that certain appointments to substantive colonelcies are open to Cavalry as well as Infantry officers.