MR. GEORGE CURZON (Lanes., S.W., Southport)
I beg to ask the Secretary of State for War—(1) whether the provisions of the Army Discipline and Regulation Act, 1881, relating to the billeting of Yeomanry upon inn-keepers, etc., compel inn-keepers to take on billet several troops of yeomanry in immediate succession for periods of ten days each; (2) whether penalties would be incurred on inn-keepers in the event of non-compliance with the Act; and (3), if the inn-keepers are liable to take the several troops of yeomanry in succession, whether he will cause such regulations to be issued as will ensure the inn-keeper being recompensed a reasonable charge for the billet?
§ *MR. CAMPBELL-BANNERMAN
As regards the two first paragraphs of the question, the answer is, Yes. The maximum sums payable for billeting are fixed by Act of Parliament, and I have no power to pay more.