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Part of Orders of the Day — Supply. – in the House of Commons on 24th March 1922.

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Photo of Mr Bertram Falle Mr Bertram Falle , Portsmouth North

If they are sent for the convenience of the Government then my case falls to the ground with this exception, that the presence of regular troops in the island increases the cost of everything not only to the military in the island. So much so that whereas a few years ago the Governor, the officer commanding the troops, had a private secretary who lived in a house which cost £36 a year, three rooms of which were given over to military offices, the offices are now in a house at £180 a year rental, and the private secretary, who was then a sergeant, has become a person of much higher social standing and ability, and receives a large sum of money as salary. Again, the expense has been increased in connection with the militia. Some years ago the militia was unpaid, officers and men were unpaid and the service was obligatory and universal; but a brilliant Secretary of State for War decided that the militia should be paid, and induced the local legislature to pay that militia, and now the Home Government send staff officers of the regulars, colonels and all the usual paraphernalia, and £12,000 a year is wasted in that way by the Imperial Government alone.