HC Deb 02 July 1902 vol 110 cc524-5

To ask the Financial Secretary to the War Office whether he can state the amount of money that has been expended annually since 1890 upon shooting prizes for the Army and auxiliary forces respectively, and the manner in which such amount has been allotted.

(Answer.) Between ten and eleven thousand pounds have been expended on musketry prizes annually for the regular forces, and about £3,000 for the militia, except in 1900, when the figures were £8,000 and £5,900 respectively. It is not practicable to give the detailed figures allotted. Roughly speaking, in the royal artillery individual prizes are granted ranging from 10s. to 30s., and in the other arms and in the militia the money earned for each man exercised is pooled and distributed according to the discretion of the officer commanding the corps. The militia permanent staff have a special prize for the best shots in each battalion.—(War Office.)