§ MAJOR RASCH (Essex, S.E.)
I beg to ask the Secretary of State for War whether he would consider the case of the officers of the 3rd and 4th Essex Regiments, whose training has, through no fault of their own, been suspended; and whether, if attached to and doing duty with another battalion they might be allowed to draw their pay?
§ *THE SECRETARY OF STATE FOR WAR (Mr. CAMPBELL-BANNERMAN,&c.) Stirling,
The training of these battalions has been dispensed with in consequence of an outbreak of small-pox. The men will receive their bounty; and 1209 the subalterus who are candidates for commissions in the Army have been permitted to be attached, with pay, to other units for training, irrespective of vacancies in those units. As regards the other officers, a Militia battalion cannot claim to be trained; and they can only be attached, with pay, to other units, in cases where there are vacancies which they can temporarily fill.