HC Deb 24 March 1890 vol 342 cc1692-3
MR. CAUSTON (Southwark, W.)

I beg to ask the Secretary of State for War, in regard to Clause 693 of the Volunteer Regulations, 1887, namely,— An annual allowance of 4s., in aid of the expense of travelling to and from the range, will be granted on account of each efficient Rifle Volunteer, the headquarters of whoso company are distant more than five miles from the ordinary rifle range; whether it is the intention of the Government that the efficient Volunteer should personally have the benefit of the full allowance of 4s., or is it intended that the Commanding Officer shall have the entire control or disposal of the whole sum, or part thereof; and, if only of part, how much of the allowance should be paid by him to an efficient Volunteer?


This allowance is a capitation grant for efficients, and, like other capitation allowances, is payable to the Commanding Officer and the Finance Committee of a corps, under the rules approved for that corps, with a view to the payment of such traveling expenses to the ranges as the Commanding Officer may deem right for the purpose of securing the efficiency of the men. It will thus be seen that the allowance is to the corps and not to the individual Volunteers.