HC Deb 10 February 1887 vol 310 c1088

asked the Secretary of State for War, Whether he is aware that Warrant Officers, Staff Sergeants, and other soldiers armed with the revolver, are put through an annual course of practice with that weapon, while Commissioned Officers are not given any training of the same kind; and, whether, if such is the case, he will consider the desirability of prescribing an annual course of revolver practice for all Regimental Officers?

THE SECRETARY OF STATE (Mr. E. STANHOPE) (Lincolnshire, Horncastle)

All soldiers of whose equipment a revolver forms a part, go through an annual course of instruction in the use of that weapon. No course is prescribed for commissioned officers; but instruction in the use of the revolver is now given to officers who attend the School of Musketry at Hythe. My hon. Friend's suggestion as to prescribing an annual course for officers is well worthy of consideration; and I will refer it to the Military Authorities.