§ MR. WINSTON CHURCHILL (Oldham)
I beg to ask the Secretary of State for War whether he will 1227 grant the Return standing on today's Notice Paper respecting the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Army Corps.
§ THE SECRETARY OF STATE FOR WAR (Mr. BRODRICK,) Surrey, Guildford
My hon. friend asks for a Return on a date which happens to be during the Indian trooping season when regiments and drafts are on passage to and from India, and which would not therefore give an accurate return of the strength of the Army. In addition the moves consequent on the close of the South African war will not be completed till about the middle of April, which would be the earliest date on which a Return could be made which would be of any value. I will order a Return to be prepared accordingly.