HC Deb 02 March 1903 vol 118 cc1104-5

I beg to ask the Secretary of State for War whether he can state the amount of money allocated as the result of the recommendations of the Mowatt Committee to the purchase of new guns for Volunteer and Militia Batteries; how much of this money has now been expended; how many Volunteer and Militia Batteries have been re-armed; how many are still armed with obsolete weapons; how many new guns have been procured; and how many Regular Batteries have been created since January, 1899.


The Mowatt Committee did not deal with new guns for the Auxiliary Forces Artillery, 200 of which had been already ordered at a cost of £750,000. All this money has been spent. Forty-four Volunteer Batteries have been or are in process of being re-armed with modern 4. 7 guns and three Militia Field Batteries with field guns. There are eighty-one Volunteer heavy batteries still in possession of old type equipment. Two hundred and twenty heavy guns in all have been procured. The number of Regular Horse and Field Batteries created since January, 1899, is sixty-six.