HC Deb 30 March 1871 vol 205 c890

asked the Secretary of State for War, Whether it is intended that the quality of the Militia force is to be improved by an extension of annual drill in addition to that of preliminary training, as stated in a leading journal on Monday 27th instant; and, whether those Regiments of Militia ordered out for their annual training next month are to have the benefit of being brigaded with any regular troops for drill purposes?


It is intended that the Irish Militia, and that portion of the English who are to go into the large camp of instruction, proposed to be held in the autumn, shall have an additional week of annual drill. The regiments that go to Aldershot will be brigaded with Regular troops, and in other cases endeavour will be made to brigade the Militia with Regulars as local circumstances enable the authorities to do so.