§ MR. LABOUCHERE (Northampton)
I beg to ask the Secretary of State for War whether he is aware that bandsmen in Militia regiments are induced to enter the service by being promised by bandmasters that they will enjoy after a term of service certain retiring privileges, to which, after their entering the service, they are informed that they are not entitled; and whether he will cause a form, stating precisely what are the conditions of service, to be printed, and issue orders that this form should be read to all persons contemplating joining a Militia band?
§ THE FINANCIAL SECRETARY TO THE WAR OFFICE (Mr. BRODRICK,) Surrey, Guildford
If the hon. Member is aware of any particular case of grievance and will furnish the particulars I will have it inquired into. I must observe, however, that the conditions under which bandsmen are employed as such may vary in different regiments, being a matter of private arrangement with the officer, the men having been enlisted simply as Militiamen.