Great Britain: The Lion at Home: A Documentary History of Domestic Policy, 1689-1973 - Vol. 3

Great Britain: The Lion at Home: A Documentary History of Domestic Policy, 1689-1973 - Vol. 3

Great Britain: The Lion at Home: A Documentary History of Domestic Policy, 1689-1973 - Vol. 3

Great Britain: The Lion at Home: A Documentary History of Domestic Policy, 1689-1973 - Vol. 3

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Parliamentary Papers , 1871, XXXIX, Cmd. 417, 1.

This important military reform was implemented by royal warrant because of the Lords' rejection of Cardwell's Army Regulation Bill (1871). The system of commission by purchase had deep roots in the country and its abolition was an additional move towards a society based upon the principle of individual merit .

Victoria R.

Whereas by the Act passed in the Session holden in the 5th and 6th years of the Reign of King Edward VI., Chapter 16, intituled "Against buying and selling of offices," and the Act passed in the 49th year of the Reign of King George III., Chapter 126, intituled "An Act for the prevention of the sale and brokerage of offices," all Officers in Our Forces are prohibited from selling or bargaining for the sale of any Commission in Our Forces, and from taking or receiving any money for the exchange of any such Commission, under the penalty of forfeiture of their Commissions and of being cashiered, and of divers other penalties, but the last- mentioned Act exempts from the penalties of the said Acts purchases or sales or exchanges of any Commissions in Our Forces for such prices as may be regulated and fixed by any regulation made or to be made by Us in that behalf:

And Whereas We think it expedient to put an end to all such regulations, and to all sales and purchases and all exchanges for money of Commissions in Our Forces, and all dealings relating to such sales, purchases, or exchanges.

Now, Our Will and Pleasure is that on and after the 1st day of November in this present year, all regulations made by Us or any of Our Royal predecessors, or any Officers acting under Our authority, regulating or fixing the prices at which any Commissions in Our Forces may be purchased, sold, or in any way authorizing the purchase or sale or exchange for money of any such Commissions, shall be cancelled and determined.

Given at Our Court at Osborne, this 20th day of July in the 35th year of Our Reign.

By Her Majesty's Command,

Edward Cardwell . . .

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