HC Deb 05 April 1898 vol 56 c193

I beg to ask the Under Secretary of State for War whether it is in contemplation so to assimilate the organisation of our Home forces in peace time to the organisation necessary to mobilise them for defence that mobilisation will be an expansion of an existing system instead of a sudden change from one system to another in the face of national danger; and whether he can see his way to establishing the cadres of the units which are not to be formed in peace time, so that the Army Corps for defence may be more actually complete than now?


The mobilisation arrangements are all worked, as far as is possible, in the direction of assimilating the organisations for peace and for war. As regards the cadres of units which do not exist in peace, the only deficiencies are those of some of the units of the Engineers for the Third Army Corps. The creation of some nucleus for each of them will receive early attention.