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DEFENCE FORCES (TEMPORARY PROVISIONS) ACT, 1923
Sections 170 and 172 .
Accommodation to be Furnished by Keeper of Victualling House.
A keeper of a victualling house on whom any officer, soldier, or horse is billeted—
(1). Shall furnish the officer and soldier with lodging and attendance; and
(2). Shall, if required by the officer and soldier, furnish him for every day of the march, and for not more than two days, if the officer or soldier is halted at an intermediate place on the march for more than two days, and on the day of arrival at the place of final destination, with breakfast, hot dinner, and supper on each day, such meals to consist of such quantities of food and drink as may from time to time be fixed by Regulations of the Minister, not exceeding—
(a) For breakfast, five ounces of bread, one pint of tea with milk and sugar, four ounces of bacon;
(b) For hot dinner, twelve ounces of meat, previous to being dressed, six ounces of bread, eight ounces of potatoes or other vegetables;
(c) For supper, five ounces of bread, one pint of tea with milk and sugar, two ounces of cheese; and
(3). When an officer or a soldier is not so entitled to be furnished with “a meal,” shall furnish the officer or soldier with candles, vinegar and salt, and allow him the use of fire, and the necessary utensils for dressing and eating his meal; and
(4). Shall furnish stable room and ten pounds of oats, twelve pounds of hay, and eight pounds of straw on every day for each horse.
For the purposes of this Part of this Schedule the expression “furnished with lodging” shall include the provision of a separate bed for each officer and soldier.
Regulations as to Billets.
(1). When the troops are on the march the billets given shall, except in case of necessity or of an order of a District Justice, be upon victualling houses in or within one mile from the place mentioned in the route.
(2). Care shall always be taken that the billets be made out to the less distant victualling houses in which suitable accommodation can be found before billets are made out for the more distant victualling houses
(3). Except in case of necessity, where horses are billeted, each man and his horse shall be billeted on the same victualling house.
(4). Except in case of necessity, one soldier at least shall be billeted where there are one or two horses, and two soldiers at least where there are four horses, and so in proportion for a greater number,
(5). Except in case of necessity, a soldier and his horse shall not be billeted at a greater distance from each other than one hundred yards.
(6). When any soldiers with their horses are billeted upon the keeper of a victualling house who has no stables, on the written requisition of the Commanding Officer present the constable shall billet the soldiers and their horses, or the horses only, on the keeper of some other victualling house who has stables, and a Court of Summary Jurisdiction upon complaint by the keeper of the last-mentioned victualling house may order a proper allowance to be paid to him by the keeper of the victualling house releived.
(7). An officer demanding billets may allot the billets among the soldiers under his command and their horses as he thinks most expedient for the public service, and may from time to time vary such allotment.
(8). The Commanding Officer may, where it is practicable, require that not less than two men shall be billeted in one house