HC Deb 09 February 1899 vol 66 c324
SIR CHARLES DILKE (Gloucester, Forest of Dean)

I beg to ask the Under-Secretary of State for War, what was the number of men in the Regular Army on the British establishment Army, Reserve, and Militia together, on 1st January, 1899, as compared with the number on 1st January, 1895, and what was the number of the said forces in the United Kingdom on each of those dates?


The British establishment for the Regular Army, Army Reserve, and Militia wag on 1st January, 1895, 371,005; on 1st January, 1899, 393,443. The numbers actually in the United Kingdom were, on 1st January, 1895, 298,019; on 1st January, 1899, 287,564. These figures may mislead unless it is borne in mind that on 1st January, 1395, there were 36,849 Regular troops, including officers, in the Colonies and Egypt, while on the 1st January, 1899, there were 48,862, besides 1,837 in Crete.