§ MR. LONSDALE (Armagh, Mid.)
I beg to ask the Secretary of State for India whether Lord Kitchener has been offered and accepted an extension of his term as Commander-in-Chief of the Indian Army.
§ SIR H. COTTON (Nottingham, E.)
At the same time may I ask the Secretary 591 of State for India whether Lord Kitchener has been offered and has accepted an extension of his period of service as Commander-in-Chief in India.
§ MR. MORLEY
The duty of recommending for the office of Commander-in-Chief belongs to my right hon. friend the Secretary of State for War. With the approval of my right hon. friend I addressed a preliminary inquiry to Lord Kitchener whether a further extension for two years would be agreeable to him, and expressing my own wish that he should accept. He has replied in the affirmative. My light hon. friend will take the proper steps in due course.