§ MR. BARTLEY (Islington, N.)
To ask the Secretary of State for War whether his attention has been called to a circular issued by the City of London (Rough Riders) Imperial Yeomanry, which states that any employer who employs a member during the period for which he has been ordered to attend I the annual training, renders himself liable to a fine of £20, although the employer may be unaware of the fact that his employee has joined the corps; and whether this is in accordance with the Army regulations.
(Answer.) My attention has been called to this circular. The notice was intended to explain to members of the corps that, in accordance with The Militia and Yeomanry Act, 1901, which applied to the Imperial Yeomanry, the enactments, relating to the Militia, and amongst them Section 25 of The Militia Act, 1882, an employer is liable under certain circumstances to a fine of £20 for inducing a man to absent himself, on conviction by a court of summary jurisdiction; the whole essence of the offence being that it is committed knowingly.—(War Office.)