HC Deb 26 May 1884 vol 288 cc1316-7

asked the Secretary of State for War, Whether the persons in the town of Lifford, upon whom men of the 5th Battalion Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers are billeted, are obliged to furnish fuel and light, as well as lodgings, in consideration of the allowance of four pence per man per day for lodging; and, whether, since Paragraph 1, Section 6, of the Official Circular on Recruiting, states that, whilst out for the recruit drill, all Militiamen are entitled to allowances for fuel and light, as well as for lodgings or billet, such allowances for fuel and light will be paid to those who supplied them?


The Recruiting Circular referred to defines the advantages a Militiaman enjoys, enumerating accommodation in barracks or billet, with, daily rations of bread, meat, fuel, and light. It has no reference to the innkeeper or person on whom the men are billeted. The duty of the latter is defined in the Army Act— namely, that in consideration of 4d. per day he must provide— Lodging and attendance and candles, vinegar, salt, and the use of fire, and the necessary utensils for dressing and eating his (i.e., the Militiaman's) meat.