§ CAPTAIN CRAIG (Down, E.)
To ask the Secretary of State for War whether he is aware of the inconvenience and loss of civil pay occasioned to men of the Militia battalions, Royal Irish Rifles, by having to assemble for annual training in the middle of one week and to disband in the middle of another week; and whether he will give instructions that, in future, the four Royal Irish Rifles Militia battalions be assembled on a Monday and disbanded on a Saturday.
(Answered by Mr. Secretary Haldane.) I am not aware of any inconvenience having been caused by the arrangements for the training of these Militia battalions. These matters are entirely in the hands of the General Officer Commanding-in-Chief; but I will cause inquiries to be made and will communicate the result of these inquiries to the hon. and gallant Member.