HC Deb 05 March 1889 vol 333 cc956-7
VISCOUNT BARING (Bedfordshire, Biggleswade)

asked the Secretary of State for War whether it is true that the Militia is at present about 22,000 men under its establishment; and whether any steps are being taken to complete the force to its proper strength?


It is true that by the latest Returns the Militia was more than 20,000 men below its establishment. The reward for a Militia recruit has, therefore, been raised from 1s. 6d. to 2s. 6d., and I am glad to say the results have so far been satisfactory. The effective strength of the Militia was raised by 1,687 men in January, and the increase continued during February.