HC Deb 14 March 1887 vol 312 c217

It is satisfactory to learn that this country already possesses sufficient regiments of Cavalry to satisfy all the requirements of the new scheme, though in this, as in other branches of the service, the necessary supply of horses is one of great urgency and importance. Both as regards efficiency and popularity, I am informed that the Cavalry never stood higher than at the present moment. On the 1st of January last the Cavalry of the Line was no less than 527 in excess of its establishment, and we have been compelled to suspend recruiting for this arm of the Service in more than one district.

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