HC Deb 22 May 1908 vol 189 cc616-7

To ask the Secretary of State for War whether in the case of regiments or battalions of the Territorial Force, consisting of squadrons or companies administered by different County Associations, the excess in the squadrons or companies administered by one County Association may, with the approval of the County Associations concerned, be set off against deficiencies in the squadrons or companies administered by other County Associations to complete the establishment of the regiment until such excess is absorbed; and whether the pay and allowances of men thus in excess should be drawn by the associations to which they originally belonged or to which they are temporarily transferred.

(Answered by Mr. Secretary Haldane.) The proposal of my hon. and gallant friend has been given very careful consideration. There are, however, many difficulties involved in his suggestion not the least of which is that of training, and, therefore, it has been decided that it is not practicable to accept it.