§ MR. HEDDERWICK
I beg to ask the Under Secretary of State for War whether, in the most recent regulations, the distances at which Volunteers are required to shoot in order to qualify as marksmen have been reduced; and, if so, to what extent, and why.
MR. J. POWELL-WILLIAMS (for Mr. WYNDHAM)
Yes, Sir. It is considered advisable that the musketry classification of Volunteers should be based upon compulsory firing. Previously individual firing was only compulsory up to 200 yards, and practice up to and including 800 yards was only carried out optionally by those desiring to be classified as marksmen. Compulsory firing is now extended to 500 and 600 yards, and on this the classification, including that of marksmen, is based.