HC Deb 13 July 1897 vol 51 cc15-6
MR. H. O. ARNOLD-FORSTER (Belfast, W.)

I beg to ask the Under Secretary of State for War whether the prospect of Foreign service on the Rock of Gibraltar has had the anticipated effect in stimulating recruiting for the Brigade of Guards; what is the actual number of recruits raised for the two new Battalions; and, whether the establishment of any of the existing Battalions forming the Brigade has been reduced by the War Office within the last six months, and what has been the extent of the reduction?


Recruiting for the Brigade of Guards is brisker than it has been for some time past, and the numbers enlisted are higher than at the same period in 1892, which was the last year when the standard was as it is at present; but it is scarcely possible to say at any time to what special cause the fluctuations of recruiting can be attributed. The Cold stream Guards are 44 men, and the Scots Guards 62 men, above their old establishment. The establishment of no existing Battalion has been reduced.