HC Deb 24 May 1897 vol 49 cc1132-3

I beg to ask the Under Secretary of State for War whether it has been brought to his notice that Militia Field Officers who happen to reside out of the county with which their regiment is connected, and who send their chargers direct to the place for annual training, receive no allowance for the conveyance of their chargers outside the county; and whether he is aware that this is one of those extra expenses I which tends to deter retired Army officers, whose services are valuable, from accepting commissions as field officers in the Militia?


The Militia being essentially a local force, it is desirable that officers and men of a Militia battalion should reside within the county to which it belongs; and, therefore, it is not considered necessary to give travelling expenses for either officers or their chargers beyond the county limits when they assemble at headquarters. If a battalion is sent elsewhere for training travelling expenses for the whole journey is provided by the public, that is, from the place of assembly to the place of training.