HC Deb 07 July 1873 vol 216 c1854

asked the Secretary of State for War, Whether the counties in which it is proposed to raise fresh regiments of Militia have been selected on account of an unusual increase in their population; and, if not, whether that will be carefully considered, so as to avoid the hardship which would be inflicted on those districts if they should be at any time called upon to provide the extra quota by ballot; and, whether the quota can be legally altered in some counties only, and not over the whole Country?


Sir, The recruiting proposed is entirely voluntary, and the increase of existing regiments, or the creation of second battalions in any county, will depend upon its recruiting capacity, as tested by voluntary enrolment. No change is intended in the liability of any county to supply men by ballot, while we can obtain enough under the present system.