HC Deb 01 January 1913 vol 46 cc336-7

asked the Secretary of State for War how many Imperial officers are serving under the Governments of Canada, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, and Newfoundland, respectively, and how many Dominion officers are employed in the War Office and in the military service of this country generally?

The SECRETARY of STATE for WAR (Colonel Seely)

The figures are as follows:—

Imperial officers serving in the Dominions—

Canada 36
Australia 11
South Africa 14
New Zealand 16

These figures are exclusive of officers holding appointments as Aides-de-Camp to Governors - General and Governors. Dominion officers serving in the War Office and with British and Indian forces (exclusive of those attached for instruction)—

Canada 2
Australia 2
New Zealand 1


May I ask if the Government will not take into consideration a considerable extension of the appointment of overseas officers for service here, not only for the purpose of extending the existing good feeling, but also for the purpose of extending that knowledge which is necessary for the proper development of the Imperial military system?

Colonel SEELY

Yes, we are very anxious to extend this interchange of officers in every way we can, and to take every step possible in that direction.

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