HC Deb 16 April 1875 vol 223 c1111

asked the Secretary of State for War, If it is his intention to recommend the adoption of military drill as a compulsory feature of education in all schools; and if so, whether, with the view of attaching soldiers more permanently to the service by improving their professional prospects, it is intended to reserve the lucrative appointment of Drill Instructor for non-commissioned officers of good character on discharge?


, in reply, said, that military drill in schools would, no doubt, be a very useful thing to be adopted as a part of public education. He would consult his noble Friend the Lord President of the Council on the subject, because, as teachers would be necessary, they would not be paid by the War Office, but the Education Department. That Department, moreover, being responsible for their payment, it naturally followed would select them.