HC Deb 01 May 1902 vol 107 c423
MR. ARTHUR LEE (Hampshire, Fareham)

I beg to ask the Secretary of State for War whether he will state what open spaces are available within an easy march for the field training of London Volunteer Corps; whether his official information shows that the places thus available are sufficient in size and number; and whether the War Office intends to take any steps to secure the use of further open spaces for this purpose.


The War Office is thoroughly alive to the desirability of providing means for proper field training, but the cost of securing open spaces in the immediate vicinity of the metropolis would be prohibitive. It is held that the main field training of Volunteers must be carried out in camp.


Is it quite impossible for the Secreary of State to reconsider the decision as to the use of Richmond Park by the Volunteers?


I do not think it is the decision of the Secretary of State that would have to be reconsidered.