HC Deb 01 December 1909 vol 13 cc487-8

asked the Under-Secretary for India whether his attention has been called to a notification in the "United Provinces Gazette," over the signature of the officiating Inspector-General of Civil Hospitals, republic competitive examinations to be held in December for the post of assistant surgeon, that only Europeans and Eurasians are eligible; and whether, in view of the proclamations of Queen Victoria and King Edward VII., the Secretary of State has refused his sanction?


The assistant surgeons referred to in the notification in the "United Provinces Gazette" are required for duty in station hospitals with British troops, and for this reason the, appointments have, always been confined to Europeans or Eurasians. For corresponding appointments with native troops only natives of India are eligible. The question whether any revision of the constitution of the Indian Subordinate Medical Department, or of the scope of its employment is advisable, has been referred to the Government of India in accordance with the statement made in reply to a question by the hon. Member for North Galway on 24th September last.