§ MR. HANBURY
I beg to ask the Secretary of State for War whether there have been repeated complaints of the unserviceable quality of the valises, made of so-called "French cloth," issued to certain Militia battalions with the brown leather valise equipment; what steps are to be taken to replace them with proper equipment; and whether it is the fact that commanding officers who have for three years running been ordered by Sir Evelyn Wood to report to the War Office on these valises supplied by Messrs. Ross do not even get a reply to their complaints?
§ THE FINANCIAL SECRETARY FOR WAR (Mr. BRODRICK,) Surrey, Guildford
Questions upon this subject have already been asked and replied to in the House. There have been several complaints as to the valises referred to; but, from motives of economy, they must be used up.
§ MR. HOWELL (Bethnal Green, N. E.)
At whose expense is this to be done, at that of the manufacturer or of the Government?