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Army—Allowances To Volunteer Corps—Question

Volume 220: debated on Tuesday 23 June 1874

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asked the Secretary of State for War, Whether the Funds arising from the issue of Allowances due to Volunteer Corps, and ordered by Clause 73, Section 17, of the Auxiliary and Reserved Forces Circular 1873 to be made to the Commanding Officer, jointly with three Members of a Finance Committee, ought not to be placed in some Bank to the credit and on the account of such Commanding Officer and three Members of Committee, expressly as a Finance Committee, unless the Commanding Officer be directly authorized to place such Funds to his own personal credit by the said three Members; and, notwithstanding Section 22 of the said 73rd clause, has the Finance Committee so constituted by such first named Section any control whatever over the expenditure or disposition of such Funds?

, in reply, said, that the issues of allowances due to Volunteer Corps, were made to the Commanding Officer jointly with three Members of a Finance Committee, appointed under rules which had been approved by Her Majesty, for the Corps to aid the Commanding Officer in the management of the finances. Under the War Office Regulations, No. 22, no account of the expenditure of the foregoing allowances was required to be rendered to that office. The Finance Committee, therefore, with the Commanding Officer, had entire control, and their mode of dealing with the Funds was not interfered with by order or advice from the War Office.