HC Deb 25 May 1911 vol 26 cc441-2

asked the Under-Secretary of State for War whether he is aware that the War Office have made a charge of £48 2s. 4d. for sanitary equipments for the camp of the 1st Cadet Battalion, the Queen's, held at Dover last year, which work the battalion has in previous years been able to provide at a cost of £7 to £10; whether he will explain how this charge amounted to £48 2s. 4d.; and whether he will refund some portion of the overcharge, considering how embarrassed the finances of the Cadets' Battalion and the constituent companies are by this drain upon their resources?

The UNDER-SECRETARY of STATE for WAR (Colonel Seely)

The cost consisted of £31 for camping equipment and £17 for water supply. Provision was made for the Cadet Battalion on the same scale as for Territorials, and the charges for what was provided are considered reasonable. I am afraid that there are no funds at my disposal to enable me to make the grant suggested in the last part of the question.


Is the hon. Gentleman aware that as a result of this the boys will not be able to go into camp this year?

Colonel SEELY

I hope that that will not be the result. I have said that provision is made for them on the same basis as other Territorial units. I am sorry there has been some hardship, but I think it was unavoidable.