§ MR. WARNER
I beg to ask the Secretary of State for War whether a large order has been given for guns for the Army; and, if so, what steps are being taken to increase the establishment of artillery, and how far the new batteries which it was decided to raise this year have been raised.
* MR. J. POWELL-WILLIAMS
As regards the guns, all those required for the approved establishments have been ordered. As regards the batteries of the seven Horse Artillery and forty-eight Field Artillery batteries authorised in this spring, all the former and forty-five of the latter have been raised. This is in addition to the sixteen batteries raised in the years immediately preceding.
§ * SIR CHARLES DILKE (Gloucestershire, Forest of Dean)
Can the right hon. Gentleman say whether any of the new quick-firing guns are yet in the possession of these batteries?
§ MR. BARTLEY (Islington, N.)
Are the new guns of the same pattern as those sent out to the Army in South Africa, or a new pattern?