HC Deb 23 November 1882 vol 274 cc1909-10

asked the Secretary of State for War, Whether, after the past experiences of Mounted Infantry, it is contemplated to establish some permanent nucleus of such a Force, so as to avoid having again to improvise it in the face of the enemy?


On the 4th of May the Secretary of State for War answered a similar Question put by the hon. Baronet the Member for South Shropshire; but I presume his Question is directed to ascertain whether his views had been altered by the experience of the late war. In reply, I have to say that while it is intended to keep on record the organization requisite for such a force and to maintain the necessary equipment in store, it is not deemed advisable, with our limited establishments, to create the nucleus of a force of Mounted Infantry such as that to which the Question of the hon. Baronet would seem to point.