HC Deb 15 July 1875 vol 225 cc1485-6

asked the Secretary of State for War, If he will state to the House the grounds which have induced him to dispense for the first time with the services of the Militia, Yeomanry, and Volunteer Force at the summer drills held in substitution of the autumn manœuvres during the present year in the neighbourhood of Aldershot, from the 24th of June to the 24th of July; and, whether such exclusion had been dictated solely by regard for the public purse, or by any considerations touching the efficiency as military bodies of these different branches of the Auxiliary Forces?


, in reply, said, the reason why the Militia had not gone to Aldershot on the present occasion was that a great number of the Commanding Officers had reported that encamping at Aldershot was very unpopular with Militia Regiments, and would lead to desertion. With respect to the Volunteers and Yeomanry it was thought better that they should be attached to brigades at Aldershot when the summer drills were not taking place.