8. Sir HERBERT ROBERTS
asked the Under-Secretary for India whether his attention has been drawn to the Brigade Order No. 11, issued to the 3rd Infantry Brigade, and dated 14th February, 1913, in which the supply and transport officer is authorised, on the recommendation of the senior medical officer, to make a free issue of rum to the troops in camp; whether arrangements are made under similar circumstances for a free issue of non-alcoholic drinks to the troops; and whether such an arrangement is official and confirmed by Order?
§ Mr. C. ROBERTS
I have to thank my hon. Friend for supplying me with a copy of the Order in question. Under the Army Regulations the senior medical officer may recommend the free issue of rum on occasions as a medical precaution to troops on service attended by cold or wet. When practicable a free ration of tea may be given as an alternative.