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Troops Under Canvas (Rum Ration).

Oral Answers to Questions — British Army. – in the House of Commons on 30th March 1926.

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Captain CROOKSHANK:

25.

asked the Secretary of State for War what is the earliest date on which troops will this year be under canvas for musketry courses; and whether a rum ration is issuable when considered necessary by commanding officers?

Photo of Mr Worthington Evans Mr Worthington Evans , Colchester

The earliest date on which troops went under canvas this year was the 27th March. The Allowance Regulations provide that a free ration of rum may be issued under the authority of the General Officer Commanding when certified by the senior medical officer to be absolutely necessary for safeguarding the health of the troops.

Photo of Commander Hon. Joseph Kenworthy Commander Hon. Joseph Kenworthy , Kingston upon Hull Central

Do the men who do not take the rum ration get money compensation as in the case of the Navy?

Photo of Mr Worthington Evans Mr Worthington Evans , Colchester

I do not think so. Money compensation is not absolutely necessary for health.

Photo of Captain Robert Gee Captain Robert Gee , Bosworth

Will the right hon. Gentleman consider the advisability of changing the authority from the senior medical officer to the regimental officer, who is on the spot?

Photo of Commander Hon. Joseph Kenworthy Commander Hon. Joseph Kenworthy , Kingston upon Hull Central

If this rum is issued for medicinal purposes, are the men forced to drink it?