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FOR THE YEAR ENDING 31 MA.KOH 1908. VotCS 1, 2, 3.1

EXPLANATIONS of the Differences between the Numbers and Amounts proposed in the Army Estimates for 1907-08 and those Voted for 1906-07—continued.

VOTE 1.

PAY, &c. OF THE ARMY.
Decrease .... £385,000.

Owing to the reduction of establishments, there are large savings on Regimental Pay, etc., and on the charge for Native Indian troops, partly balanced by increased provision for Reserve Officers and Men, and for the Field Training of the troops.

VOTE 2.

MEDICAL ESTABLISHMENT, PAY, Ac.
Decrease - £30,000

An increase of 10 Officers R.A.M.C. is provided for; but there are considerable reductions in the charges for Retired Medical Officers re-employed and for Civilian Practitioners, owing to the larger numbers of Officers R.A.M.C. now available for duty. Increased allowance is also made for probable vacancies in the establishment.

VOTE 3.

MILITIA: PAY, BOUNTY, &o
Increase - £21,000.

Due to the experimental lengthening of the period of recruits' drill and annual training in 20 battalions of Infantry Militia, referred to in the Memorandum of the Secretary of State on these Estimates.

() LVotes 4 to 8,] Army Estimates

VOTE 4.

IMPERIAL YEOMANRY: PAY AND ALLOWANCES.
Decrease £13,000

The numbers present at training are expected to be somewhat less than those provided for in the Estimate of 1906-7.

VOTE 6.

VOLUNTEER CORPS: PAY AND ALLOWANCES.
Decrease £92,000

"Reduced provision is made for Camp Allowances, owing to the abolition of the special "Field Army " Camps; and credit is taken for receipts from Corps in respect of Loans to be taken over from the Public Works Loan Board, as explained in the Memorandum of the Secretary of State • on these Estimates.

VOTE 6.

QUARTERINGS, TRANSPORT AND REMOUNTS.
Decrease .... .... £202,000

Due to reductions in Colonial Garrisons and in the Army at home, to reduced expenditure on Transport of troops and stores, to savings effected in the cost of sanitary services in South Africa, and to reduced purchases of remounts.

VOTE 7.

SUPPLIES AND CLOTHING.
Decrease ... £432,000

Of this decrease, £375,000 arises upon Supplies, and £57,000 upon Clothing, owing to the reduced establishments of men and (as regards Supplies) of horses.

VOTE 8.

ORDNANCE DEPARTMENT ESTABLISHMENTS AND GENERAL STORES.
Decrease - ... - £155,000

The reductions in the Army not only decrease consumption, but set free the equipments of the disbanded units for use by others. The sum provided to complete the harness of the Horse and Field Artillery is less \>y £18,000 than the corresponding amount in 1906-7 ; and economies have been effected in the stocks of stores not used in war.

FOR THE YEAR ENDING 31 MA.RCH 1908. VotCS 9 tO 16,]

VOTE 9.

AEMAMENTS AND ENGINEEK STOKES.
Decrease .... £872,000

476,000?. is taken to complete the re-armament of the Horse and Field Artillery, a decrease of 681.000/. as compared with the provision for this service in 1906-7. The reduction is due mainly to the work having proceeded with unexpected rapidity, and to savings in prices. Owing to the good progress made with the supply of Small Arms and other warlike stores, there is a general reduction of requirements.

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Due to the growth of the charges for repayment of sums borrowed under the Military Works Acts, and to increased provision for work on fortifications, owing to the decision not to provide for future work of tfiis kind by Loan.

VOTE 11.

EDUCATIONAL ESTABLISHMENTS.
Increase - - - £5,000

Due to the institution of a new course of Administrative Training for Officers, referred to in the Memorandum of the Secretary of State on these Estimates; to increased provision for Rewards for proficiency in Languages, and to diminished receipts from Cadets at Woolwich and Sandhurst, owing to reduction of numbers.

VOTE 12.

MISCELLANEOUS SERVICES.
Decrease - - - £10,000

Due to savings on Postage and Medals. Provision is made for instruction of soldiers with a view to their obtaining employment on leaving the Colours.

VOTE 13.

WAR OFFICE AND ARMY ACCOUNTS DEPARTMENT.
Increase .... £8,000

Duo to the transfer to this vote of charges for Officers and others employed in the War Office, but formerly borne on other votes; and to increments of pay to civilian and soldier clerks in the Army Accounts Department.

VOTES 14-16.

NON-EFFECTIVE CHARGES.
Increase - - £38,000

Due to the growth of the charges for Retired Pay of Officers and for Pensions of Warrant Officers, Non-commissioned Officers and Soldiers, partly balanced by a reduction of the charges for Civil Superannuation.

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ABSTRACT OF ARMY ESTIMATES, 1907-08

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I—NUMBERS:

Number Of Men On The Home And Colonial Establishments Of The Army, Exclusive Of Those Serving In India - - ...

II—ORDINARY EFFECTIVE SERVICES: Pay, &c. Of The Army

Medical Establishment: Pay, &c. -

Militia: Pay, Bounty, &c. - -

Imperial Yeomanry: Pay And Allowances

Volunteer Corps: Pay And Allowances

Quarterings, Transport, And Remounts

Supplies And Clothing --

Ordnance Department Establishments And General Stores (ordinary Services)

Armaments And Engineer Stores (ordinary Services)

Works And Buildings

Establishments For Military Education

Miscellaneous Effective Services , . _

War Office And Army Accounts Department

Total Ordinary Effective Services

III.—NON-EFFECTIVE SERVICES:

Non-effective Charges For Officers, &c.

Non-effective Charges For Men, &c. -

Civil Superannuation Compensation, And Compassionate Allowances

Total Non-effective Sera-ices ! Total Ordinary Services

IV.—EXTRAORDINARY SERVICES.

Re-armament of Horse and Field Artillery.

General Stores (harness, Saddlery, &c.)

Guns, Carriages, Ammunition, &c. ....

Total Extraordinary Services
Grand Total: Ordinary And Extraordinary Services

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(«) In consequence of a. transfer between Army and Civil Service Katimntes, in respect of the cost of construction and mainWnancw of .ministrative telegraphs and telephones, the Army Estimate* arc more liy 3.600/. than they would otherwise have been, the Votes aiUcted ing 9 and 10. 8,750* was provided for these services in Civil Service Estimates, 1908-07.

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