THE MASTER OF ELIBANK
I beg to ask the Secretary of State for India whether, in view of the fact that the establishment of British Officers per Native infantry battalion has recently been increased from eight to twelve, that under the previous regulations two officers per battalion were permitted to be absent together on a year's leave, thus according them one year's leave after every three years' service, and that by the altered regulations officers now obtain one year's leave only after every five years service, he will recommend that, in view of the increased British establishment, three officers per battalion be permitted a year's leave of absence at the same time.
§ LORD GEORGE HAMILTON
Under the Leave Rules for the Indian Army (1886) leave is granted at the discretion of the Lieutenant-Generals of the four commands. It does not seem to me to be advisable to interfere with this discretion.