§ MR. WATT (Glasgow, College)
I beg to ask the Secretary of State for War whether his attention has been called to the case of Surgeon-Captain James Swanson, late of the 1st battalion Highland Light Infantry, whose headquarters are in Glasgow; whether he is aware that this officer had a very distinguished career of fifteen years in that regiment; that he in two successive years won the challenge shield of Great Britain, and in a third year was second for it; that he was on several occasions complimented by his superior officers for his excellent work; yet when he expressed willingness to transfer to the new Territorial Army was not recommended in July for transfer to the new force; and will he inquire into this case and find out why the Service was deprived of this officer.
§ THE SECRETARY OF STATE FOR WAR (Mr. HALDANE,) Haddington
I have made inquiry into this case. The General Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Scottish Command, reports that after full consideration of the case he was satisfied that in the interests of the Territorial Force this officer ought not to be transferred to it.