HC Deb 22 March 1905 vol 143 c785
MR. LABOUCHERE (Northampton)

I beg to ask the Secretary of State for War whether his attention has been called to certain statements made by the Comptroller - General in regard to the 1st Regiment of Scottish Horse, according to which it would appear that overpayments have been made to the officers and men of the regiment; and whether it is intended to take any steps to recover these amounts.


Every effort was made to effect any possible recoveries before the loss was written off. The officer acting as Corps Paymaster, who was responsible for the loss, was deprived of his war gratuity, but, in view of his inexperience, it was held that no further penalty should be inflicted.


Does the hon. Gentleman not know that a very large sum was lost, and does he think that a sufficient penalty?


Not so very large, Sir. I think about £180.