HC Deb 21 April 1890 vol 343 cc964-5

I beg to ask the Secretary of State for War what steps, if any, the Government propose to take to give practical effect to the vote of this House of the 13th March last, declaring that the necessary equipment required to make the Volunteers effective for service, in case of emergency, should be provided at the public expense; and what expectations he can hold out of those steps being taken at an early date?

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

The Chancellor of the Exchequer has already informed the House that it is the intention of the Government to give practical effect to the vote in question; but, pending certain inquiries, I think I had better postpone giving further details. But I propose to take action very shortly. If my hon. and gallant Friend puts a question to me on this subject in a week or a fortnight I may be able to answer him.