§ MR. GULLAND (Dumfries Burghs)
I beg to ask the Secretary of State for War whether he is aware that many of the Volunteer regiments in Edinburgh and Fife were conveyed to camp by special trains on Sundays; that this is against Scottish sentiment and causes 472 unnecessary Sunday labour; and whether he will issue instructions that in future these movements of Volunteers shall take place only on weekdays.
§ MR. HALDANE
The arrangement for the conveyance of Volunteers to camp are made under local orders, but I am aware that in some cases the moves take place on Sunday. The railway companies are, I understand, prepared to move units on Saturday in all cases where it is absolutely necessary in the interests of the service, but in view of the heavy public traffic which they have to deal with at this period of the year I do not think they can be asked to do this in every case. Moreover it must be remembered that the Volunteers are carried at a reduced rate as a concession and not as a right.
§ VISCOUNT TURNOUR (Sussex, Horsham)
Does the right hon. Gentleman agree with the view that it is against Scottish sentiment for Volunteers to travel by train on Sunday?
§ [No Answer was returned.]