HC Deb 26 June 1906 vol 159 cc762-3

To ask the Secretary of State for War whether his attention has been directed to the case of Scotch Volunteer regiments which, owing to the local holiday time not coinciding with the period of training of their own brigades, are attached to other brigades for camp training, and thereby forfeit camp allowance under Class I, thus losing 25 per cent.; and whether, in consideration of the fact that they perform the same work and receive the same training, he will consider the advisability of granting them allowance under Class I.

(Answered by Mr. Secretary Haldane.) My attention has been drawn to the matter. Under paragraph 535 of the Volunteer Regulations battalions cannot draw Class 1 allowances unless they attend the camp of their own brigade or a camp with the regular forces. It has, however, been decided that in the case of units allotted, under Army Order 130 of 1906, to brigades other than those to which they formerly belonged, Class 1 allowances will be granted if they camp with either their old or their new brigades, subject to the usual conditions that a brigade camp must consist of not less than three battalions.