§ MR. THORBURN (Peebles find Selkirk)
asked the Secretary of State for War, Whether the Volunteer Forces Capitation Grant, remitted to Volunteer Regiments this month, and earned by drills done by them from 1st November, 1885, to 1st November, 1886, is a payment to reimburse them for expenses incurred by them during that period, or is a payment to meet expenditure from 1st November, 1886, to 1st November, 1887; and, if the latter, what portion of it will fall to be returned to the War Office in the event of a regiment being disbanded or resigning, say, on the 1st June of this year?
§ THE SECRETARY OF STATE (Mr. E. STANHOPE) (Lincolnshire, Horncastle)
The Capitation Grant is to meet current expenses which may be expected to accrue before a further grant is made. The case put by the latter part of the hon. Member's Question is hypothetical; but I may say that, considering the period which would have elapsed since the Returns on which the grant was made, repayment of the money would not be claimed.