§ GENERAL LAURIE (Pembroke and Haverfordwest)
I beg to ask the Under Secretary of State for War, what are the rules regulating the appointment to second in command of infantry battalions; whether officers who in due course of seniority succeed to this position are required to rejoin their battalions; and, whether, if they hold staff or other appointments, they are permitted to retain them; if so, whether the next senior officer, it qualified, receivers the appointment as second in command?
§ * MR. BRODRICK
As laid down in Article 18 of Section IV. of the Queen's Regulations, majors succeed by seniority to the position or second in command as a general rule, but subject to exceptions in the interest of the service, and to special arrangements in the case of majors employed extra-regimentally. These rules are, however, at present under revision.