§ SIR C. DILKE (Gloucester, Forest of Dean)
I beg to ask the Under Secretary of State for War what number of recruits have been obtained for the Royal Artillery (distinguishing between garrison and other branches), as increased during the present financial year, compared with those raised for the smaller establishment during the corresponding period of last financial year?
§ MR. BRODRICK
Sixty-eight recruits joined the Horse Artillery during the months of April and May, 1898, as against 27 in 1897; 354 joined the Field Artillery in 1898, as against 489 in 1897; and 390 joined the Garrison Artillery in 1898, as against 357 in 1897. It must be remembered that there has been an increase of about 800 recruits in other branches of the Service for April and May, 1898, as compared with that period in 1897.