HC Deb 24 June 1898 vol 60 cc25-6

I beg to ask the Under Secretary of State for War whether, during the military manœuvres to take place from the 1st September, the movements and the choice of camping grounds will be left to the discretion of the general officers commanding the two opposing armies, and varied by them according to the altering conditions of each day's actions, or whether these movements and camping grounds will be previously decided upon and carried out according to a settled programme?


The general officers commanding the opposing forces will be able to encamp their respective units on any grounds for which water arrangements have been made. There will be no settled programme beyond fixing where water will be available. The difficulty of having sufficient good water must in some degree limit the freedom of the movement, as also it necessarily does in war.