§ MR. JOHN ELLIS (Nottinghamshire, Rushcliffe)
To ask the Secretary of State for War whether it is by his instructions that the officers commanding military districts have recently been writing to the bead masters of elementary and secondary schools, urging the advantages of early military training on the youth of England; and by what authority those officers make inquiries and request particulars as to the; present arrangements for drill of the schools.
(Answered by Mr. Secretary Brodrick.) In accordance with the proposals made by the Incorporated Association of Head Masters, with a view to the encouragement of military drill in secondary schools, a circular letter was sent out to the districts, directing the officers commanding the regimental districts to assist in carrying out the wishes of head masters, and to forward them a copy of the circular letter. The arrangements are entirely voluntary on the part of the head masters, and our position is only one of willing assistance if such is requested.† See page 297.