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Thursday, 28 June 1906

Mr BAMFORD (for Mr. Page) asked the Minister representing the Minister of Defence, upon notice -

1.   Is ColonelRobertson shortly retiring from the command of the Second Infantry Brigade ; and, if so, when?

2.   What reason does he give for retiring?

3.   Is he retiring because he objects to a proposed new appointment?

4.   What position does Major Parnell now occupy ?

5.   Has he been placed, through the influence of a senior officer, in a position unsuitable to the display of his abilities?

6.   What position does Lieut. -Colonel Irving now occupy ?

7.   What special qualifications had Major Pattersonto justify his being sent to England ?

8.   On whose recommendation are these officers sentto England ?

9.   Have any of the present Commandants passed the examination for Lieut.-Colonel ?

10.   If so, who are they?

11.   Did General Hutton leave on record an unfavorable report of the abilities of Colonel Hoad; and what was such report?

12.   Will the Minister give the House the assurance that all these officers who have been sent Home for special instructions will, on their return, be given positions where their abilities will be best displayed?

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