§ MR. LEA
I beg to ask the Financial Secretary, War Department, if it is intended to conduct the training of the Londonderry Light Infantry at Portsmouth this year; whether the training for the last 36 years has taken place always in the City of Londonderry, and been of a satisfactory and efficient description; and, if so, whether he will consider the advisability of reconsidering his decision to take the troops to Portsmouth, at an estimated cost of £2,000; and whether he has received a letter from the Corporation of Londonderry strongly urging the training may take place as usual in the district of Londonderry?
§ MR. BRODRICK
The Londonderry Militia is not Light Infantry, but Artillery. It has trained at Londonderry for a great many years. In case of mobilisation it would take part in the defence of Portsmouth, and it is essential that regiments should, from time to time, train at the fortifications they would have to defend.