HC Deb 13 September 1886 vol 309 c165

asked the Secretary of State for War, Whether the First Army Corps is complete in every particular, and ready for service; if not, whether he will will arrange for its being placed on a proper footing?

THE SECRETARY OF STATE (Mr. W. H. SMITH) (Strand, Westminster)

During my short term of Office last year I gave my serious attention to the condition of our two First Army Corps, and I have now before me the Reports of the Departmental Committees which I then appointed to examine into the subject. The Intelligence Department is now engaged in collating these Reports, and in pointing out the deficiencies which exist. I think that with my present knowledge it would be inexpedient to make any definite statement in reply to the hon. and gallant Member's Question.