§ SIR CHARLES CAYZER (Barrow-in-Furness)
I beg to ask the Secretary of State for War, whether he is aware that, owing to the stringency of the new regulations regarding the compulsory attendance of Volunteers in camp, recruiting is being affected, and many Volunteers have resigned, as they cannot afford to lose their daily earnings; and, having regard to the efficiency and maintenance of the Volunteer Force at its full strength, and the necessity for attendance in camp which is recognised,whether he proposes to increase the capitation grant, and make suitable camp allowances, including a sufficient grant to cover the cost for the hire of the necessary horses for the efficient training of position batteries in camp, and compensate the men for loss of their earnings while in camp.
§ SIR HOWARD VINCENT (Sheffield Central)
I beg to ask, whether, having regard to the call my right hon. friend is making for fresh forces for the war, he will postpone the operation of the new rules until after the war, as they are liable to have the effect of reducing the strength of the force in officers and men.
§ MR. BRODRICK
In reply to the question on the Paper, I am aware that in some Corps there is anxiety as to the new regulations; but I would draw attention to the Army Order issued on the 9th of January, 1902, which will, I think, make it clear that every consideration will be given to special cases. The grants now given have been most carefully reconsidered from time to time, and no change is at present proposed. In reply to my hon. and gallant friend, I cannot undertake to put off the operation of the new regulations until the close of the war, but any point he or any other commanding officer may bring forward shall be carefully considered. As I understand my hon. and gallant friend is under the belief that some sort of pledge was given that there should be a consultation before the issue of the Army Order, I shall be glad to communicate with him as to what form the consultation should take. The question of allowances has been considered 305 on several occasions and recently, and I am afraid a change cannot be made at present.