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Liability Of Militiaman When Training To Support His Wife And Family

Volume 180: debated on Wednesday 7 August 1907

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To ask the Secretary of State for War whether his attention has been called to the case of an inhabitant of Flintshire, who was called on the 17th June to attend the annual training of the Militia at Beaumaris, where he must remain until the 1st August, whose wife and three children have become chargeable to the common fund of the Holywell Union; whether he is aware that before leaving home the man was in regular work and able to maintain his family, and that representations have been received from the guardians to the effect that it should not be the duty of the ratepayers to make provision for the families of such persons during the time they are called upon to do service for the country; and whether the Government propose to provide maintenance where necessary for the families of those who are rendering compulsory service. (Answered by Mr. Secretary Haldane.) A letter to the effect stated in the Question has been received from the clerk of Holywell Union, who has been informed in reply that the pay of a Militiaman can be stopped for the support of his wife and children to the extent and under the conditions laid down in Paragraph 145 of the Army Act, the provisions of

Regimental Strength of the Regular Army compared with the Numbers provided for in Army Estimates (exclusive of Officers).
Year.Number enlisted.
1st January, 1890206,836202,6804,156189929,401
1st January 1891207,826202,9394,887189031,407
1st January 1892208,164203,9944,170189136,003
1st January 1893208,577210,1411,564189241,659
1st January 1894209,277211,7232,446189335,195
1st January 1895210,985214,4573,472189433,698
1st January 1896211,077214,4383,361189529,583
1st January 1897211,915213,1481,233189628,532
1st January 1898214,257213,314943189735,015
1st January 1899235,928223,59512,333189840,729
1st January 1903268,864304,84735,983189942,700
1st January 1904267,651272,3574,706190341,011
1st January 1905263,147268,8895,742190440,956
1st January 1906268,692255,25613,436190536,339
1st January 1907250,855244,4556,400190636,151

The numbers given include British troops and Colonial corps serving at home, in India, and the Colonies, but do not include the Indian Army. The period

which apply to Militiamen when out for training.