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If the necessary contracts can be made at once, it is possible that 5,0001. can be brought to account in the present financial year, which expenditure will be met from savings on Vote 10 generally. The expenditure falling on the 1907-8 estimates will be similarly met.
I The Secretary, Treasury.
(Signed) R. H. BRADE.
18th March 1907. The Lords Commissioners of His Majesty's Treasury have had before them Mr. Brade's letter of the 15th instant (Jamaica 2/25 W.F.) further on the subject of rebuilding the Army barracks, &c., which were destroyed by the recent earthquake in Jamaica.
In accordance with the recommendations of the Army Council of the 15th ultimo and 5th instant, their Lordships have already sanctioned on grounds of urgency the immediate commencement of certain minor reconstruction services, viz. :
£ 1. Army Ordnance buildings at Kingston
3,200 2. Hospital buildings, &c., at Up Park Camp
5,350 3. Buildings at Newcastle and Greenwich
In sanctioning the first two items on the 16th ultimo, my Lords expressed themselves unable to sanction the Council's further proposal to begin at once, though no detailed estimate of cost was then available, the general work of reconstructing barrack buildings in the island. Your letter under reply now states that it will cost 80,0001. to rebuild Up Park Camp to house the approved garrison, but intimates that for the present the Council limit their application to 41,0001. for the hutting of the troops and for providing bungalows for the officers, a service of urgency which it would manifestly be detrimental to the public service to postpone till parliamentary sanction could be obtained in the ordinary manner.
In these circumstances, my Lords take the responsibility of sanctioning the immediate commencement of this urgent Part 1 service in addition to the smaller works referred to above) at a total cost of 41,0001., of which about 5,0001. will fall on Army Vote 10, 1906–7, and will be met from savings thereunder, as will the 1907-8 expenditure, representing (as my Lords assume) the balance of 36,0001. Their Lordships await a further communication as to the second part (39,0001.) of the total estimate of 80,0001, when definite proposals have been received from Jamaica and when the Council are able to make a specific proposal.
Regard being had, however, to the magnitude of the total estimate for this new works service, it is proper that steps should be taken in accordance with paragraph 9 of the First Report from the Public Accounts Committee of 1906 and with the Treasury Minute thereon of 15th December last, to inform Parliament of what is being done by His Majesty's Government. In their Lordships' opinion an explanatory statement such as was contemplated in the Treasury Minute will conveniently take the form of communicating to Parliament Mr. Brade's letter and this reply; and a convenient opportunity for such communication will be afforded this month when the annual statement of transfers between Army Votes, 1906–7, is laid before the House of Commons. With the concurrence of the Army Council, my Lords propose to proceed accordingly.
(Signed) WALTER RUNCIMAN.
PUBLIC ACCOUNTS (ARMY VOTES, 1906-7).
COPY of TREASURY MINUTE, Jated the 22nd
March 1907, under Section 4 of the Appro-
(Presented pursuant to the Resolution of the House
of Commons of 4 March 1879.)
Ordored, by The House of Commons, to be Printed,
22 March 1907,
RETURN to an Address of the Honourable The House of Commons,
dated 12th March, 1907 :for,
“RETURN showing approximately the RECURRENT ARMY EXPENDITURE provided for in the current Estimates (1907-08), classified (with due proportionate charges for administration, pension, transport, &c.) under the following heads and subheads :(1.) Mobile defence :
(a.) Troops Abroad (exclusive of India) available for Field Service ; (6.) Troops at Home available for Field Service at Home or Abroad;
(c.) Troops at Home available for Field Service at Home only; (2.) Fixed Garrisons :
(d.) Abroad (Naval Bases and Coaling Stations) ;
(f.) Commercial Ports at Home, including Woolwich and London ; (3.) The Annual Interest on the Expenditure under the Military Works
Loans Acts :-
(h.) Field Army;
With an Explanatory Memorandum.
Return showing approximately the recurrent Army Expenditure provided for in the current Estimates (1907-08) classified (with due proportionate charges for administration, pension, transport, &c.) under the following heads and subheads :
I.—Mobile Defence-(a.) Troops Abroad (exclusive of India) available for Field Service; (6.) Troops at Home available for Field Service at Home or Abroad; (c.) Troops at Home available for Field Service at Home only. II.-Fixed Garrisons-(d.) Abroad (Naval Bases and Coaling Stations); (e.) Naval Ports at Home ; (f.) Commercial Ports at Home, including Woolwich and London. 111.— The Annual Interest on the Expenditure under the Military Works Loans Acts—(9.) Fixed Defences and their Garrisons ; (h.) Field Army. IV.-The Establishments on which the tables are based.
With an Explanatory Memorandum.
£ Net total of Army Estimates, 1907-08
27,760,000 Deduct for non-recurrent charges
£ Rearmament of Horse and Field Artillery 488,000 Reserves of small arms..
troops, and other arrear charges arising out
(6.) Troops at Home available for Field Service at Home or Abroad 13,703,000
(c.) Troops at Home available for Field Service at Home only .. 4,894,000
III.-Annual Interest on the Expenditure under Military Works Loans
* Includes charges for both interest and repayment of principal under the Barracks Act, 1890, and the Military Works Acts, 1897 to 1903,
ESTABLISHMENTS ON WHICH THE CALCULATIONS IN TABLE I. ARE BASED.
Malta and Bermuda Militia.
† Bermuda Volunteers. Agreeing with the total Home and Colonial Establishment shown on page 11 of the Army Estimates, 1907-08.
III.- EXPLANATORY MEMORANDUM. In preparing the above table of Establishments, the following general principles have been observed :
Peace Establishments. The troops shown under Head II. (Fixed Garrisons at Home and Abroad) consist of Regular and Auxiliary Garrison Artillery and Engineers detailed for fixed defences, with a due proportion of medical and other departmental personnel and the West India Regiment. All other Regular and Auxiliary troops are shown under Head I. (Mobile Defence). The extent to which the Regular Infantry battalions stationed in peace time at naval bases and defended ports abroad are available for field service depends upon the circumstances of the case when war arises. As a rule, if used for such service, they would have to be replaced, wholly or partially, by Militia or other troops from the United Kingdom.
Of the Mobile Defence troops at Home (Head I. (6.) and (c.)) all Regular troops on the peace establishment are shown as available for field service at Home or Abroad, except the establishments of depôts and of Military Police, which are shown as available for field service at Home only.
The whole of the Auxiliary Forces, other than Garrison Artillery and Engineers detailed for the defence of Home ports, are shown as available for field service at Home only.
This distribution will be materially altered when the Territorial and Reserve Forces Bill comes into operation.
The figures in the table of Establishments do not include Head-quarters Staff and the Staff of Commands.
The whole of the Army Reserve is shown under Head I. (6.) (Field Service at Home or Abroad) with the exception of the remnant of the