HC Deb 23 March 1905 vol 143 cc945-6

I beg to ask the Secretary, of state for War if he will explain why an officer who is not a graduate of the Staff College has been appointed Brigade Major of Cavalry at Aldershot; will he say what are his special qualifications for this post; and also has the appointment been made with the unanimous approval of the Army Council.


The officer referred to is not a P. S. C. Officer, but he was qualified for the, appointment by good service on the staff in the field. He was, in fact, very strongly recommended by General Sir John French. Appointments to the staff are not ordinarily submitted to the Army Council, but are made by the Secretary of State on the recommendation of the Army Councillor concerned.


What is the object of putting the country to the immense expense of keeping up the Staff College to prepare officers for the staff it such officers are not to have these appointments?

[No Answer was returned.]