HC Deb 19 June 1896 vol 41 cc1435-6
MR. BROOKFIELD (Sussex, Rye)

I beg to ask the Under Secretary of State for War, whether he can explain why it is that colour-sergeants of the Militia, while serving for preliminary drill and training, do not receive accountants' pay of 1s. a day, as paid to company accountants in line battalions, and whether it is the case that the accountants' work which has to be performed in the Militia is, while it lasts, greater, rather than less, than similar work which has to be performed in a line battalion; and, whether he will favourably consider the propriety of awarding to colour-sergeants of Militia, during preliminary drill and training, the additional shilling a day as paid to accountants in the line?


The additional pay given in the line for accountants' work was granted on the occasion of the reduction of the captain's contingent allowance. No alteration has been made in the contingent allowance of 2s. a day granted to captains of Militia, and that fund is available for any extra payment to the sergeant for his account duties.