HC Deb 28 March 1892 vol 3 cc12-3
MR. ISAACS (Newington, Walworth)

I beg to ask the Financial Secretary to the War Office if his attention has been called to an unreported case of "Herbert & Co. v. Silver," judgment in which was given by the Hon. Mr. Justice Day on the 19th January last at Guildhall Sittings of the Queen's Bench Division, and in which the learned Judge directed the jury that each member of the Finance Committee of a Volunteer Regiment was personally liable for debts of the regiment; and, if so, whether he is prepared to issue a Regulation under the powers contained in "The Volunteer Act, 1863," Section 16, by which the liability of the members of the Finance Committee should he limited to the amount of the public funds at the disposal of the commanding officer, in whom all the property of the regi- ment is vested by Section 25 of the said Act, or otherwise, to obviate the possibility, under the authority of the said case, of individual members of the Finance Committee being personally sued for regimental debts?


It is not the duty of the Finance Committee of a Volunteer corps to give orders on behalf of the regiment; if it does so, it renders itself liable for the expense of such orders. Regulations now under consideration will make it quite clear where the responsibility for orders, given on behalf of the regiment, rests.