HC Deb 19 August 1887 vol 319 c1104
MR. NEVILLE (Liverpool, Exchange)

asked the Secretary of State for War, Whether His Royal Highness the Field Marshal Commander-in-Chief has expressed a desire that marching columns should be encouraged in the Volunteer Force; whether sanction was refused for a marching column of about 300 men in Liverpool, at Whitsuntide, on the ground of a slight technical irregularity in the form of application, after 10 days' delay; and whether such refusal was communicated too late to allow of the irregularity being remedied?

THE SECRETARY OF STATE (Mr. E. STANHOPE) (Lincolnshire, Horncastle)

The desire to encourage marching columns of Volunteers is proved by a Circular issued this year sanctioning a marching allowance for Volunteers so engaged. The particular case referred to was one in which it was found that the application to form a marching column had emanated from a junior officer without the knowledge and against the wishes of his Commanding Officer. Under these circumstances, the General Officer Commanding the Northern District was unable to entertain the proposal.