HC Deb 13 December 1900 vol 88 c675
SIR WILLIAM HARCOURT (Monmouthshire, W.)

I beg to ask the Secretary of State for War whether he will state the number of (1) officers, (2) men enlisted at home and in South Africa for the new police for service in South Africa.


I am not aware how many officers have been appointed. Their appointment is in the hands of Sir A. Milner and General Baden-Powell. The number of officers proposed for a force of 6,000 men was 200. It has subsequently been decided to recruit up to 10,000. I am informed that the number of recruits actually passed in South Africa is 589, but I do not know how many applications have been sent in, and it is quite premature to form any idea of the number ultimately available. In this country there have already been over 10,000 applications, but not more than 300 are likely to be ready to leave this month.