§ MR. BIRKBECK
asked the Secretary of State for War, Whether his attention has been called to the fact that only two blankets and loose straw were served out to the 4th Battalion, Norfolk Regiment, during their recent training under canvas, that palliasses were not allowed by the Major General Commanding at Colchester, and that waterproof sheets were only issued after fourteen days wet weather?
§ MR. CHILDERS
Sir, in reply to the hon. Member, I have to say that palliasses are not allowed by the Regulations to Militia in camps, but that the waterproof sheets were issued to this regiment on the same day that the commanding officer applied for them. Each man had, therefore, two blankets and a waterproof sheet, the number allowed by the Regulation. The hon. Baronet the Member for North Norfolk (Sir Edmund Lacon) wrote to me on this subject some days ago, and the matter was at once looked into.