SIR HOWARD VINCENT
I beg to ask the Secretary of State for War if the £100 outfit allowance granted under the Pay Warrant, 1899, to officers of the Militia, Yeomanry, and Volunteers on their release from active service, applies to non-commissioned officers and privates of the Regular Army and Auxiliary forces promoted to commissions in the Army for conspicuous gallantry or distinguished service in the field; and, in the contrary case, if he will take steps to have this difference of treatment removed.
* MR. J. POWELL-WILLIAMS
The outfit allowance of £100 is given to any soldier of two years service promoted from the ranks to a commission in the Regular forces, whether he belongs to those forces or to the Auxiliary forces called out for service. Officers of the Militia, Yeomanry, and Volunteers are given, on release from service, a gratuity of £100 for their service in the Auxiliary forces. This is in no sense an outfit allowance, but is of the nature of a pension or gratuity for service.† See The Parliamentary Debates [Fourth Series], Vol. lxxix., page 373.