HC Deb 04 June 1896 vol 41 cc424-5

I beg to ask the Under Secretary of State for War, if he is aware that the claims for travelling allowances to regiments of the North London Volunteer Brigade, who proceeded at Easter to Canterbury, have been questioned, on the ground that these regiments proceeded by the South Eastern Railway, by which the distance is eight and a-half miles further than by the London, Chatham and Dover Railway; and, whether he can give any explanation of the reason which has induced the War Office to take this step, considering that these regiments proceeded by the South Eastern Railway in accordance with orders received from the Major General Commanding the Home District?


The regulations for travelling allowance provide that corps must travel by the shortest route. In this case the longer route was selected by the corps after communicating with the General Officer commanding, but we are given to understand that the fares charged by both railways to Canterbury are identical, and therefore no case is made out for the higher charge.