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Army—The Volunteer Force

Volume 203: debated on Monday 1 August 1870

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said, he would beg to ask the Secretary of State for War, If, in the present state of Europe, it is not expedient to show more consideration for the Volunteer Force by at once intimating that five shillings will be added to the extra efficiency grant for the present year, leaving the new grant for officers and non-commissioned officers to come into effect as previously proposed?

Sir, Her Majesty's Government are most desirous to show the fullest consideration to the Volunteer Force. They consider that the mode in which it is proposed to give the increased grant is the mode best calculated to increase the efficiency of the force. The regulations are in a forward state, and I hope will be shortly issued, so as to enable the Volunteers to avail themselves of them without delay.