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Volume 203: debated on Thursday 21 July 1870

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said, he would beg to ask the Secretary of State for War, as to his new proposal for Volunteer Capitation Grant, May any eight out of the Officers and non-Commissioned Officers of a Company earn for it £2 10s. each; if more than eight are sufficiently qualified, will no more be given; is the £2 10s. additional to the 20s. or 30s. earned at present; and, in the case of consolidated battalions, say of eight Companies, will it be enough that any sixty-four Officers and non-Commissioned Officers of that battalion so qualify themselves, and may Field Officers be included?

The eight officers and non-commissioned officers to whom the power of earning an additional £2 10s. for the corps is intended to apply are the captain, lieutenant, ensign, and five sergeants. It is intended to be in addition to the present capitation grant, so that an officer who complies with the conditions may earn £4. I may add that I have already made arrangements with the Artillery Volunteers for enabling 100 officers and 1,000 privates to go into camp at Shoeburyness, and that I am prepared to consider with the Rifle Volunteers arrangements for enabling a certain number of officers and men of that arm the better to practise in camps.