HC Deb 09 May 1904 vol 134 c748

To ask the Secretary of State for War whether, under the regulations governing the Volunteer force, a sergeant of at least ten years standing may, with the consent of the officer commanding the district, and upon the recommendation of the commanding officer of the regiment, have permission to wear the uniform of his rank after retirement; whether under such permission, a sergeant in retirement receives his uniform from the depôt of his former regiment; and whether, as it to wears out, he has to purchase any renewals of the same at his own cost.

(Answered by Mr. Secretary Arnold-Forster.) Under the Volunteer Regulations a sergeant after ten years service in the rank who is specially recommended by his commanding officer may, under the authority of the officer commanding the regimental district, be permitted to retain his rank and to wear the sergeant's uniform of his corps with the letter R on the shoulder straps. Volunteer uniform is provided and issued regimentally. It is purchased from the capitation grant and distributed under corps rules. A retired Volunteer earns no capitation grant, and has therefore no claim to a renewal of uniform.