HC Deb 16 July 1888 vol 328 c1391
MR. C. H. WILSON (Hull, W.)

asked the Secretary of State for War, Why Volunteer officers clothed in scarlet are not allowed to wear sashes; and, whether it is the intention of the Government, when the new Regulations come into force making Volunteers liable to be embodied with the Militia, to allow Volunteer officers to wear gold lace, and otherwise to assimilate their uniforms to those of the other Auxiliary Forces of the country?

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

It is considered advisable to maintain a distinction between the uniforms of the Regular and Volunteer Forces; but I should add that there are already great complaints of the heavy expenses which fall on officers holding commissions in the Volunteer Force, and it would be very undesirable to add to them.