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Motor Cyclists (Imperial Yeomanry)

Volume 66: debated on Wednesday 26 August 1914

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asked the Under-Secretary of State for War whether he is aware that the Special Army Order of 19th June, 1013, lays it down that the machines of motor cyclists specially enlisted in the Imperial Yeomanry are to be bought on mobilisation; that no provision is however made for the payments for such motor cycles and that the remount officers do not consider them to be part of the vehicles for the purchase of which they are responsible; that there is no provision made for any repairs or renewals which may be necessary; that as motor cyclists on mobilisation only receive Army rates of pay they are at present being put to considerable loss; and whether he will take immediate steps to authorise payment for the machines, repairs, and renewals?

The intention is that payment for these motor cycles should be made by local command paymasters on receipt of claims from commanding officers of units. Such claims have already been rendered in some cases and payment made. Commanding officers should arrange for any necessary repairs and renewals at the public expense; and no expense in this connection should fall on the motor cyclists themselves. To remove doubt in the matter, further steps are being taken to make clear to all concerned the procedure which should be followed.