HC Deb 13 July 1897 vol 51 cc13-4

I beg to ask the Under Secretary of State for War whether his attention has been called to a complaint that a staff sergeant-major in the Royal Engineers at Portsmouth has been acting as canvasser for orders for the Easton Steam Saw Mills and Masonry Works at Portland; and whether it is in accordance with Army Regulations that non-commissioned officers should also carry (n business agencies while in the service?


It is contrary to regulations that any person while in the service should carry on a business agency. The sergeant-major in question admits that he distributed circulars in favour of an establishment in which his brother was interested; but he denies that he received any payment for doing so, and the firm which he recommended confirms this denial. The serjeant-major acted apparently in ignorance of Regulations, and will be warned to abstain from such courses in future.