HC Deb 03 April 1865 vol 178 c671

said, he would beg to ask the Under Secretary of State for War, with reference to his statement that no Capitation Grant is made to Drill Instructors of Administrative Volunteer Battalions because they are not attached to any particular corps, Whether he is aware that the cost of clothing and equipping such Instructors now falls on the particular companies to which they are attached; and whether, considering the greater need companies in Administrative Battalions have of Government assistance, it is intended to make any provision for defraying the cost of such equipment?


said, in reply, that in fixing the pay of Sergeant Instructors of Volunteers a sum was included to cover the expenses they were put to for lodging and clothing themselves. The pay of these Sergeant Instructors was 6d. a day higher than the pay of the similar rank of sergeants in the militia, that 6d. consisting of 4d. a day for lodging allowance, and 2d. in lieu of clothing allowance. He believed that in many cases the Sergeant Instructors were clothed by the corps which they instructed, but that was not in the contemplation of the Government when the rate of their pay was fixed.