THE MASTER OF ELIBANK (Edinburgh, Midlothian)
I beg to ask the Secretary of State for India whether his attention has been called to the fact that British officers of the Indian Army are not permitted to combine privilege leave with a year's leave of absence out of India, thus necessitating in some cases the return of an officer to Bombay from privilege leave spent in the United Kingdom for the purpose of commencing the year's leave which may be due to him; and whether privilege leave and furlough in the Indian Army may be permitted to run concurrently as in the Indian Civil Service.
§ THE SECRETARY OF STATE FOR INDIA (Lord GEORGE HAMILTON,) Middlesex, Ealing
I am aware that under the regulations now in force military officers (with the exception of those in civil employ) are not permitted to combine privilege leave with furlough out of India. I believe that the Government of India are looking into this question, and until I hear from them I must postpone any expression of opinion upon the proposed concession.