§ MR. CHILDERS
said, he would beg to ask the Secretary of State for War, Whether the Government have yet decided on an amended scheme of retirement from the non-purchase corps; and if, before taking the Vote for Retired Officers in the Army Estimates, he will lay upon the Table any Correspondence on the subject between the Departments of Government, and the actuary's calculations of the cost of the plan proposed by the Select Committee of last year?
§ SIR JOHN PAKINGTON
, in reply, said, he was not able to say that the Government had yet come to a decision on the subject, which was one that must be very carefully considered. They had a plan before them, and the Report of an actuary, and information received from other quarters; and if he could devise a plan that would receive the sanction of the Government, he would lay it on the table in the course of the Session, in order to act on it hereafter. It was more desirable that the plan should be prepared with due caution that that it should be prepared quickly. The subject was not a pressing one, and there was no immediate hurry. The really important object was to have the plan prepared with the greatest care. There was no Correspondence, and he was sure the hon. Member would not ask him to produce any Official Minutes. He had no objection to give him the Report of the actuary, if he would move for it.