HC Deb 27 February 1900 vol 79 c1208

I beg to ask the Secretary of State for War whether the reserve squadrons, composed chiefly of recruits, are intended for replacing casualties in the service squadrons: and it they are converted into service squadrons, as suggested, how will they increase the total strength of the cavalry or be in a position to supply recruits for the front.


Casualties in the service squadrons are replaced from the reserve squadrons, but the reserve squadrons are unnecessarily large, and in many cases squadrons for home service can be formed from them without unduly decreasing the power of the remainder to supply drafts. One squadron is 600 strong.