HC Deb 23 March 1925 vol 182 cc1-2
4. Major-General Sir RICHARD LUCE

asked the Under-Secretary of State for India if he will state the present strength of officers in the Indian Medical Service; how many of these are of European birth; and how many recruits, European and Indian, respectively, have been obtained for permanent service during the past 12 months, and how many for short service?

The UNDER-SECRETARY of STATE for INDIA (Earl Winterton)

The figures at the present time, as nearly as I can ascertain them, are: Permanent officers, 532 British, 142 Indians; temporary officers, 148 Indians. In the last 12 months 14 British officers have been appointed to permanent commissions, with the option of retiring with gratuities after five years' service. I am not aware how many Indians have been appointed in India to temporary commissions during that period, but shall be glad to enquire if the hon. and gallant Member so desires. A number of Indians, not exceeding 10, have recently been or are about to be appointed to permanent commissions.

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