HC Deb 11 March 1889 vol 333 c1367
SIR JOHN LUBBOCK (University of London)

asked the Secretary of State for War whether, in any re-organization of the Honourable Artillery Company, he could obtain for the City of London Volunteers (as successors of the London Train Bands), the right of drilling in the Artillery grounds?

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

This question was fully discussed in 1873, and an opinion was given by the then Attorney General, the present Lord Coleridge, that, subject to the rights of the Commission of Lieutenancy and the Militia, the Honourable Artillery Company are entitled to the exclusive use of this ground. But, personally, I am entirely in sympathy with the object of my hon. Friend; and I think that if the Company could see their way to granting to the Volunteers of the City a reasonable use of their drill ground, they would render a service to the force, and would materially strengthen their own claim to public sympathy and support.