HC Deb 01 May 1900 vol 82 cc418-9

I beg to ask the Under Secretary of State for War if it will be possible to organise Volunteer camps under the Order of 29th March, 1900, in the vicinity of large towns, so that employers may be put to a minimum of inconvenience and the men enabled to attend business between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m.; and if it is found impossible for a corps, owing to its composition or local conditions, to give the full time required to camp on the new scale, the allowance for an ordinary camp can be drawn, and the proportionate attendance of 50 per cent. be somewhat reduced in the case of large corps.


In fixing the situation of camps the convenience of Volunteer corps will be consulted as far as possible, but the first consideration must be proximity to a rifle range. With regard to the latter part of the hon. Member's question, I beg to refer him to paragraph 12 of the Army Order of April, 1900, which provides for the case of corps who are unable to fulfil the conditions upon which the higher grant can be earned. The rule that 50 per cent. of a corps must be present in camp in order to earn the higher grunts cannot be modified.