§ MR. H. J. WILSON (Yorkshire, W.R., Holmfirth)
To ask the Secretary of State for War why the annual cost of each British soldier in South Africa is £144 a year, when the cost at Esquimalt is only £122, and at Halifax, Nova Scotia, £115.
(Answered by Mr. Secretary Arnold-Forster.) The reasons for the higher cost in South Africa are:—
- (a) In South Africa a considerable portion of the force consists of mounted troops, who are more expensive.
- (b) There is also maintained in South Africa a large number of transport animals, necessitating the employment of a numerous civilian establishment. whose cost is included in the figures given for the South African garrison.
- (c) The prices of provisions, forage. etc., are higher in South Africa than in Canada.