HC Deb 16 May 1878 vol 240 cc29-30

asked the Secretary of State for War, Whether it is a fact that the wives of the men of the Reserve Forces who have been called out are required to produce certificates of their marriage and the birth of their children, involving a cost of about three shillings and seven pence for each certificate, before the allowance granted by Government is paid them; and, if so, what steps the Government will adopt to save these poor people from such expense?


Sir, the regulations require no such certificates as those mentioned; but only a declaration to be made by the Reserve man when he first comes up for service with the Colours, in which he gives the particulars of his family.