HC Deb 02 July 1903 vol 124 cc1181-2

To ask the Secretary of State for War if, under the new rules for the management of the refreshment branches of regimental institutes, every regimental commanding officer has the power to apply the co-operative principle to the management of his regimental canteen.

(Answered by Mr. Secretary Brodrick.) The reply is in the affirmative, with the proviso that the approval of the General Officer Commanding the Army Corps or district is necessary in each case. The hon. Member is probably aware that a large number of canteens are conducted on the tenant system, and where this is profitably and satisfactorily carried out it is improbable that any change will take place.