§ COLONEL EYRE (Lincoln, Gainsborough)
I beg to ask the Financial Secretary of the War Office whether it is a fact that an Army Order has lately been issued reducing the traveling allowances of Adjutants of Volunteers from 5s. to 3s. 6d. for half days beyond a 10 mile radius; and, in such case, what is the reason for the reduction, having' regard to the difficulty in obtaining Adjutants for Artillery Volunteers?
§ THE FINANCIAL SECRETARY FOR WAR (Mr. BRODRICK,) Surrey, Guildford
Such an Order has been issued, but it applies to all officers and not only to Volunteer Adjutants. The object of the change has been to make allowances equal to the average expenditure incurred, and while this allowance has been reduced others have been raised; but this is only one among a series of alterations (having a net effect of about £300 a year in favour of the troops) intended to reduce correspondence, simplify accounts, and bring about the abolition of petty stoppages. If my hon. Friend can prove to me that the allowance is not adequate to meet the extra expenditure incurred, I shall be glad to re-consider the matter.