HC Deb 25 April 1904 vol 133 cc1038-9

To ask the Secretary of State for War whether he is aware that the General Officer Commanding the troops in Belfast has issued an order to the effect that the two regiments stationed in the Belfast District and the Royal Irish Fusiliers in † See pages 387 and 535. Holywood are to purchase all requirements for their sergeants' mess wet canteen from one firm in Dundalk; and can he say for what reason compulsion is used in this case.

(Answered by Mr. Secretary Arnold-Forster.) Under the present regulations the General Officer Commanding is responsible for the management of the canteens within his district, and the War Office has no information on the point raised. I Any inquiries accordingly should be addressed to the General Officer concerned.

March, 1898. 1889. 1902. 1903. 1904.
£ £ £ £ £
Value of output of gold for Transvaal 1,217,424 1,654,258 442,303 933,888 1,309,329
White employees 10,684 12,000 5,627 11,166
Coloured labourers. 82,062 93,788 24,527 51,902 72,340
(average for year) (average for January to June)