§ MR. SOARES (Devonshire, Barnstaple)
I beg to ask the Secretary of State for War whether he is aware that there is this year a reduction in the number of recruits for the Volunteer forces in North Devon, and that there is dissatisfaction amongst the Volunteers with the rate of 862 the pay allowed to them whilst in camp, as compared with the pay now granted to the Imperial Yeomanry; and whether he can see his way to grant an increase of pay for the time the Volunteers are in camp during the coming training in August.
The hon. Member has been misinformed. So far from there having been any decrease there has been a large increase of recruits in every Devon Volunteer Corps except one, where there was a decrease of five men as compared with 1902. There would appear to be no reason for special treatment of the Devon Volunteers.