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Order in Council, No. 16-C.

The Court at Osborne House, Isle of Wight,

The 9th day of August 1872.

Present: The Queen's most Excellent Majesty in Council.

Whereas there was this day read at the Board a Memorial from the Right Honourable the Lords Commissioners of the Admiralty, dated the 7th of August 1873, in the words following, viz.:-

Whereas we have had under our consideration the position of Inspectors-General and Deputy Inspectors General of Hospitals and Fleets in Your Majesty's Fleet, with reference to the provisions of Your Majesty's Order in Council of 22nd February 1870, and especially to the provisions that Service shall mean Service on Full-pay; and whereas Inspectors-General are not called upon to serve except in charge of Naval Hospitals at home; and whereas it is provided by the Order in Council of the 7th August 1869 that no Deputy Inspector-General of Hospitals and Fleets shall be promoted to the rank of In. Inspector-General of Hospitals and Fleets, unless he shall have served five years as a Deputy Inspector-General, during three years of which period he shall have been in charge of a Foreign Hospital or of a Fleet or Squadron ; and whereas a Deputy Inspector-General cannot serve otherwise than in the capacities mentioned, except in charge of a Naval Hospital at home; and whereas the service of any Inspector-General or Deputy Inspector-General in charge of a Naval Hospital at home or abroad, though not Service on Full-pay, is upon salary equal thereto, we are of opinion that Service by any Inspector-General or Deputy Inspector-General in charge of Naval Hospital at home or abroad should be held to be Service for the purposes of the said Order in Council of the 22nd February 1870; and we humbly beg that Your Majesty will be graciously pleased by Your Order in Council to give directions accordingly.

Her Majesty, having taken the said Memorial into consideration, was pleased, by and with the advice of Her Privy Council, to approve of what is therein proposed : and the Right Honourable the Lords Commissioners of the Admiralty are to give the necessary directions herein accordingly.

(Signed) Arthur Helps.


Circular No. 12.-C.W.

Admiralty, 6th March 1875.

MEDICAL OFFICERS OF THE NAVY.

My Lords Commissioners of the Admiralty having had under their consideration the position of the Medical Officers of the Navy, are pleased, under the authority of Her Majesty's Order in Council of 4th February 1875, to establish the following regulations:

  1. Surgeons on entry to have the same relative rank as Paymasters, Chief Engineers, and Naval Instructors, namely, to rank with Lieutenants under eight years' seniority, and to wear uniform corresponding to such relative rank.
  2. Staff Surgeons to be denominated "Fleet Surgeons" and Staff Surgeons Second Class simply "Staff Surgeons ; " the distinction to rank between these two grades to be denoted by a small difference in the uniform of the Staff Surgeon, who, instead of three stripes of gold lace round the sleeve of the coat, which the Fleet Surgeon will wear, will wear two stripes of gold lace with a stripe of narrow gold braid between.
  3. Inspectors-General to be compulsorily retired at the age of 60; to be allowed 2 per day, provided they shall have completed the period of service now required to entitle them to the maximum Halt-pay of their rank ; should they not have completed such period of service they will be retired at the rate of Half or Retired Pay specified in the Order in Council of 22 Feb. 1870.
  4. Deputy Inspectors-General to be compulsorily retired at 60; if in the first six of their rank, to be allowed 33s., others 30s. per diem, provided that they shall have completed the period of service now required to entitle them to the maximum Half-pay of their rank; should they not have completed such period of service they will be retired at the rate of Halt or Retired Pay specified in the Order in Council of 22 Feb. 1870.
  5. Fleet Surgeons and Staff Surgeons to be placed on the same scale of retirement as Chaplains and Naval Instructors, Secretaries, and Paymasters ; that is, the maximum to be 450 per year instead of 410.
  6. Fleet Surgeons to have the option of retiring after 20 years Full-pay service in all ranks at 15s. per day and after 25 years' Full-pay service at 21s., subject in each case to their Lordships' approval, but of those now on the list not more than 10 to retire under this clause in each year (the Officers having the option according to seniority), unless their Lordships should approve (with the consent of the Treasury) of a larger number so retiring Applications from Officers wishing to retire under this clause should be lodged at the Admiralty before the 30th November in each year, in order that they may be dealt with, according to seniority, before the end of the year.
  7. All Medical Officers hereafter entered to have the option of so retiring, subject to the approval of their Lordships in each case.

By Command of their Lordships,

Robert Hall

To all Commanders-in-Chief, &c.

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