HC Deb 05 May 1881 vol 260 c1818

asked the Secretary of State for War, If it is true that the change of appointments, &c. consequent on the new Regimental organisation will impose an expense of about £80,000 on the officers of Militia; and if he proposes to relieve them by a grant from the public purse?


No, Sir; I have no reason to believe that the expense to officers of Militia consequent upon the change of appointments will approach the sum named by the noble Lord; and, so far as the substitution of gold for silver is concerned, the change is made, as a general rule, with their entire concurrence, and will be so timed as to cost but little. I have under consideration the propriety of granting some assistance in cases where the change is to or from Rifle uniform.