March 26, 1901 (9th Parliament, 1st Session)

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General Sir F.

Carrington, commanding the Rhodesian field force, was of the opinion that all corps under his command should receive equal rates of pay, and recommended to the War Office that ' C ' Battery should receive the Rhodesian rates. Early in October I received official information from the paymaster of the Rhodesian force that War Office authority had been received for ' C ' Battery to be paid from the date of their departure from Beira on the 14th of April to the date of disembarkation in Canada. . . .
The correspondence on the subject is in the battery store wagon, which has not yet arrived from Halifax.
It is of the utmost importance, Mr. Speaker, that this return should include the correspondence to which the commanding-officer refers. It is important for us to ascertain the nature of the correspondence which took place between the officer commanding the battery and the general officer in command of the force. My motion was wide enough to cover this correspondence, and I ask if it is the intention of the government to have it brought down. The commanding officer wrote on January 25 that the wagon containing the official archives of the battery had not yet arrived from Halifax. and as two months have elapsed since that time, we may reasonably assume that the wagon with the correspondence has reached headquarters. The correspondence referred to by the commanding officer should be laid before the House at the earliest possible moment.

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