HC Deb 16 November 1911 vol 31 cc524-5

asked the Under-Secretary of State for War (1) whether he is aware that Squadron Sergeant-Major Holman, of the Army Service Corps, Home Counties Division, met with injuries while taking part in the regimental sports held during the summer training at Crowborough on 9th August last, and has been incapacitated and prevented from engaging in his ordinary business ever since; that the general officer commanding the Home Counties Division refused to forward to the War Office a recommendation that compensation be granted on the ground that the injury was not incurred in the course of military duty; and, if so, does he propose to take any action in the matter; and (2) whether the War Office has received a resolution, passed unanimously by the Sussex Territorial Force Association, to the effect that it is necessary and desirable, in the interests of the Force, that the Regulations be so amended as to admit of compensation being granted to a noncommissioned officer or man for any injury sustained during annual training in camp or while under military law, providing such injury is not due to culpable negligence or misconduct; and, seeing that the present state or interpretation of the Territorial Regulations on this subject is causing dissatisfaction and is likely to be prejudicial to recruiting, will he state what steps he proposes to take to remedy the alleged grievance?

Colonel SEELY

The matter referred to in this and the next question is receiving consideration.