§ MAJOR RASCH
I beg to ask the Under Secretary of State for War why Barking, Stratford, and Walthamstow (parts of Essex) are incorporated with the Woolwich recruiting district, when the Essex Regiment is at present 850 men below its establishment.
§ MR. WYNDHAM
It is found more convenient and economical to include these places in the Woolwich recruiting area. The Woolwich recruiting officer, however, enlists for the Essex Regiment, and obtained last year seventy-eight recruits for it. The Line battalions are forty-three short of establishment; the Militia battalions, 682 short.