DR. RUTHERFORD (Middlesex, Brentford)
I beg to ask the Secretary of State for India if he can now say how many Indian Medical Service officers had been appointed as specialists under the Indian Army Order regarding specialists' appointments in India; how many officers so appointed by the Director-General of the Indian Medical Service had received the special remuneration authorised for such appointments; and how many were natives of India.
§ MR. JOHN ELLIS
Up to 20th September, 1906, fifty-eight officers of the Indian Medical Service had been recognised as specialists, and fifteen of them had been posted to vacancies and drawn the allowance. Only one native of India had applied for recognition as a specialist, and he had received it. I have no later figures, but it was intended at the time mentioned that the other officers who had been recognised as specialists should (unless transferred to civil employment) be posted to appointments as soon as opportunities occurred.