HC Deb 11 March 1903 vol 119 c377
MR. MALCOLM (Suffolk, Stowmarket)

I beg to ask the Secretary of State for War under what constitutional or Parliamentary authority the pay of 12,000 troops in excess of establishment, and in excess of the number authorised by Parliament, was paid.


If my hon. friend will kindly turn to page 11 of the Army Estimates he will find that Parliament voted 420,000 men for 1902 3. The number 12,000 represents the surplus over the normal, but is of course due to war. Pending the reduction to normal figures a temporary surplus of men is included in the Estimates for 1903–4.