HC Deb 03 August 1888 vol 329 cc1392-3

asked the Secretary of State for War, Whether the total number of Militiamen, stated in paragraph 4, page 85, of the Army Orders for April, 1888, to have been wholly or partly exercised in musketry in the year 1887—namely, 59,667—does or does not include the 21,584 recruits stated in paragraph 14 to have been exercised in that year; and, whether the 21,584 recruits fired 40 rounds as recruits and 40 rounds as trained soldiers, making a total of 80 rounds, or whether they fired 40 rounds as recruits only?

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

Twenty-one thousand five hundred and eighty-four Militia recruits fired 40 rounds as such, and 59,667 Militiamen fired 40 rounds as not in the recruit stage; but of the latter, 5,250 had previously fired during the year as recruits. Therefore, they had fired 80 rounds, and the actual number in all who fired was 76,001.