HC Deb 10 March 1896 vol 38 cc598-9

In the absence of the hon. Member for Central Sheffield (Sir HOWARD VINCENT), I beg to ask the Secretary of State for War, whether he is aware that of all Metropolitan employers, many Government Departments give the least facility for Civil servants who are Volunteers to be with their regiments for the continuous training enjoined by the authorities at Easter; and, if he will, by communication with the heads of the several Ministries, endeavour to induce them to make such arrangements as may save Volunteers in the Civil employment of the Government from coming up at their own expense from distant places on the Saturday morning, and take care that an example is set in this matter by the War Office and Horse Guards?


So far as the War Department is concerned, instructions will be given to the heads of the various branches to afford, subject to the exigencies of the service, all reasonable facilities to Volunteers who may wish to serve with their corps on the Saturday before Easter. The Secretary of State will issue a circular to other public Departments inviting them to act in a similar manner.