HC Deb 03 May 1887 vol 314 c683
MR. HOWARD VINCENT (Sheffield, Central)

In consequence of the disastrous financial effect the decision announced yesterday as regards the Capitation Grant by my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for War will have upon corps of Volunteer Infantry, I beg to give Notice that I shall take the earliest possible opportunity of moving— That, in the opinion of this House, the adoption in their entirety of the Recommendations of the recent Committee is absolutely essential to the welfare and stability of the Volunteer Force, and that for the Government to punish Volunteers efficient in drill, but unable, owing to accidental circumstances, to come up to an arbitrary standard of shooting, by deprivation of two thirds of the grant heretofore allowed, involving a fine to individuals or corps of twenty shillings per annum, and by practical dismissal, after two failures, is impolitic in the interests of the Country, and unjust to those who sacrifice much time and money to submit themselves to training for National defence.

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