HC Deb 09 February 1900 vol 78 cc1044-5

I beg to ask the Under Secretary of State for War whether he can state how many Royal Horse and Field Artillery guns are now in South Africa per thousand of the troops there; calculating the per thousand on the same basis as the guns of mobilised German Army Corps; their proportion to the three arms, trains, columns, and services employed in the field, and not at the base.


Even if it were possible, it would be inexpedient to give the distribution of troops in South Africa at the present time. My statement referred to the immediate future. I said that the number of field guns in or proceeding to South Africa will give a Continental percentage in the fighting line, and by that I mean a proportion of five guns to every thousand sabres and bayonets.