§ MR. J. S. GATHORNE-HARDY (Kent, Medway)
asked the Secretary of State for War, Whether he will now find it possible to issue field guns to those Volunteer Artillery Corps which 1304 are not required for the defence of the military and commercial ports of the United Kingdom?
§ THE SECRETARY OF STATE (Mr. E. STANHOPE) (Lincolnshire, Horncastle)
As my hon. Friend is probably aware, we are in process of organizing 21 Volunteer batteries, armed with 40-pounders and 20-pounders. In addition to these, steps will shortly be taken to form a certain number of Volunteer batteries armed with 16-pounders. The exact number of batteries to be thus armed is at present undetermined, but we shall probably issue about 100 16-pounder guns.