§ COLONEL WARING (Down, N.)
I beg to ask the Secretary of State for War, with reference to the Army Order 110, dated the 12th of May, 1893, which increased to 32 the number of paid lance-corporals allowed to a battalion of Infantry, if he will explain why, though this Order was received in India in August last, it has not yet been acted upon, so that lance-corporals who left England with drafts subsequent to 12th of May, 1893, and who were receiving pay under it, have, in consequence, been deprived of such extra pay on coming on the Indian Establishment; and whether, considering the well-known difficulty in getting good men to accept the lance stripe, he will see that this omission is at once rectified?
§ *THE SECRETARY OF STATE FOR WAR (Mr. CAMPBELL-BANNERMAN,&c.) Stirling,
I have reason to believe that the facts are as stated in the question; but I am in correspondence on the subject with the India Office, which has it under consideration.