HC Deb 27 June 1898 vol 60 c210
MR. MONK (Gloucester)

I beg to ask the Under Secretary of State for War whether he can now state what amount of grant the War Office is prepared to make to the Gloucestershire Volunteer companies towards purchasing or otherwise providing a suitable rifle range for the Militia, Yeomanry, and Volunteers in the immediate vicinity of Gloucester out of the funds provided by the Military Works Act, 1897?


I regret to say that, so far as we can see, the money available under the Military Works Act is fully appropriated to the construction of large rifle ranges at different centres.


Can the right honourable Gentleman offer no hope that the War Office will be able to make a grant in this case?


I am afraid there would be great difficulty in that matter. All the sums we have for ranges have already been allotted to large centres, and I fear it would open too wide a door if we were to make an exception in this case.