HC Deb 10 December 1902 vol 116 c648

To ask the Secretary of State for War whether it is intended to improve the position of paid pensioner recruiters as regards pay or lodging and ration allowances; whether he can see his way to giving them a smarter dress to help in attracting recruits; and whether, considering the service done by them in procuring recruits during the late war, some medal or decoration can be given them, and their services as recruiters allowed to reckon towards an increase of pension.

(Answered by Mr. Secretary Brodrick.) The emoluments of pensioner recruiters have been recently increased in several respects, viz., a nightly allowance of 2s. when absent for short periods on duty, free medical attendance at out stations, travelling expenses on appointment, including those of their families, and free conveyance for a certain quantity of baggage. Lighter clothing to wear in the summer months has been granted to them. It is not proposed to grant any medal or decoration for their services during the war; they have gained material advantages by the increased recruiting. Their service does not count towards increased pension as it is not military service.