HC Deb 24 March 1890 vol 342 cc1797-8

Considered in Committee.

(In the Committee.)

Clause 7.

(12.8.) MR. A. O'CONNOR (Donegal, E.)

The other evening I asked the Secretary of State for War if he would explain to the House the nature of the Indian Reserve, for which provision is made in this clause. The right hon. Gentleman then objected that it was not fair to ask him without notice, as the matter came rather within the province of the India Office. I wish now to ask if ho can give the desired information?

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

Yes; I am now prepared with the information. It is desirable with regard to military organisation in India to have the services of a reserve of officers in case of an emergency. It is therefore proposed to form an Indian Reserve, especially for commissariat and transport duties, and that Reserve will be composed of members of the Civil Service, police and Volunteer officers, private gentlemen, and retired officers. I think they will form a very useful body.

(12.11.) MR. A. O'CONNOR

But what will be the exact position of these gentlemen? Are they to be always available to be called out; will they be on the permanent strength of the Army; and will they be entitled to pensions?

*(12.12.) MR. E. STANHOPE

No; they will not be entitled to pensions; they will be more in the nature of Volunteers.

Clause agreed to.


I have an Amendment.


Order, order! The Amendment of the hon. Member does not come within the scope of the Bill.

Bill reported without Amendment; to be read the third time to-morrow.