§ SIR CHARLES DILKE (Gloucester, Forest of Dean)
I beg to ask the Under Secretary of State for War, what number and proportion of the troops carried by the SS. Avoca to South Africa last week consisted of recruits with less than one year's training, and how many of recruits with less than six months' training; and in what strength the Royal Berkshire Regiment has sailed for South Africa?
§ THE UNDER SECRETARY OF STATE FOR WAR (Mr. BRODRICK,) Surrey, Guildford
The Avoca took out 752 men 1341 of the Berkshire Regiment and 474 men who composed drafts for other Corps. There were on board 474 men of less than one year's training, of whom 183 men had less than six months' service.