HC Deb 29 April 1915 vol 71 cc839-40
91. Mr. HODGE

asked the Under-Secretary of State for War whether he is aware that men who have joined the Territorials for Home defence only are experiencing considerable difficulty in getting leave to visit their homes and families; whether he is aware that some of these men have not seen their wives and families for eight months; and will he take steps to ensure that the regulation leave is granted to these men, as is done in the case of men who have joined for foreign service?


I am afraid I can add nothing to the answer I gave to my hon. Friend on the 8th ultimo. There is no regulation leave that I am aware of. The matter is one to be dealt with by the local military authorities according to the circumstances of the case.

93. Mr. PETO

asked what allowance was made to officers in Territorial battalions serving in India; and whether, in settling the amount, consideration was had to the fact that in most cases they had to provide hot-climate kit after they had already purchased kit suitable to this country and the Continent?


A special outfit allowance of £20 was made for the purpose.

94. Major HUNT

asked the Under-Secretary for War if he can say, in the case of second Territorial regiments whose first regiments have gone abroad, whether Home service non-commissioned officers and men will continue to serve with these regiments; and, if so, how are these regiments to be filled up when ordered abroad?


The Home service noncommissioned officers and men will be organised separately from the Imperial service men. The places of any such men withdrawn from the second line units will be made up from available Imperial service men. The ordering of second line units abroad will, of course, depend on the extent to which they are complete in numbers.