HC Deb 16 March 1883 vol 277 cc696-7

asked the Under Secretary of State for India, Whether it is true, as stated in the "Bombay Gazette" of Feb. 23rd, 1883, that the British Regiment which happened to be stationed at Aden had "for many years" carried off the first honours in the Musketry Returns; whether this, if so, is due, as stated to the excellence of the range at that station and the absence of wind; and, whether any allowance is made in the figure of merit of I other regiments serving in India on account of their inferior ranges?


If the noble Lord's Question refers to British troops in the Bombay Presidency, it is true that the British regiment which has happened to be stationed at Aden has for some years past scored the highest figures of merit at Infantry practice. But this statement would not hold good if applied to troops stationed elsewhere. The range at which the practice takes place is not considered in fixing the figure of merit.