§ MR. HALLEY STEWART (Lincolnshire, Spalding)
asked the Secretary of 1025 State for War, What are the adjutant's expenses of the 3rd Volunteer (Kent) Brigade, Cinque Ports Division, Royal Artillery, annually, in visiting the Blackheath and Sandgate detachments of the corps; and, what reason there is, if any, why the Blackheath detachment should not be transferred to the 3rd Kent (Woolwich Arsenal), under Colonel Hozier, and the Sandgate detachment to the 4th Brigade, Cinque Ports Division, under Colonel Court, under which arrangement no adjutant's expenses would be incurred, and a considerable saving of money effected?
§ THE FINANCIAL SECRETARY, WAR DEPARTMENT (Mr. BRODRICK) (Surrey, Guildford)
The expenses incurred by the adjutant of the 3rd Volunteer Brigade, Cinque Ports Division, Royal Artillery, in the year 1887–8 were—for visiting the Blackheath detachment, £ 15s.; and for visiting the Sandgate detachment, £19 7s. 2d. It would be very inadvisable to amalgamate the Blackheath detachment with the 3rd Kent Artillery Volunteers, as the men composing the latter corps are almost entirely employés in Woolwich Arsenal. The question of transferring the Sandgate battery to the 1st Cinque Ports Artillery Volunteers is under consideration.