HC Deb 23 June 1904 vol 136 cc982-3

To ask the Secretary of State for War, in view of the fact that all young officers of the Army serving abroad or at home are required to hold musketry certificates before being promoted, and for this purpose are obliged to go to the School of Musketry at Hythe, whether he will consider the advisability of the expenses of the journey to and from that place being paid by the Government, as formerly, instead of by the officers themselves, as at present.

(Answered by Mr. Secretary Arnold Forster.) Officers serving at home are allowed travelling expenses for attendance at one course at the school at Hythe. I Officers serving abroad as a rule attend courses when on leave at home. There are, however, schools in India and South Africa, and a limited number of officers from Hong-Kong, Ceylon, and Singapore are allowed to go to the India schools. Officers abroad who do not attend the schools in India or South Africa, and who do not attend the School of Musketry, Hythe, when on leave, are required to pay their own passages home when no public opportunity is available.