HC Deb 24 July 1900 vol 86 c1047

I beg to ask the Under Secretary of State for War whether his attention has been called to the regulations issued by Colonel Brownrigg, inspecting the Volunteers on the South Denes, Yarmouth, forbidding the Sisters of Nazareth to collect pennies from the 4,000 Volunteers now in camp; whether Colonel Brownrigg has any authority for issuing such regulations; if he is aware that the sisterhood who were sent back are of the same order as that which was so highly commended for nursing the sick and wounded in South Africa; and if there were 1,000 Catholic Volunteers in the camp at the time.


I must apologise to the hon. Member for having unintentionally misinformed him in reply to his former question on this subject. I told him that the matter was within the competence of Colonel Brownrigg, and that the War Office did not interfere. I now learn that a circular was issued by the Adjutant General in October last, prohibiting the practice of ladies entering barracks for the purpose of collecting alms. It was under this order that Colonel Brownrigg acted, and he had, of course, no option but to do so.