§ MR. CHARLES HOBHOUSE
To ask the Secretary of State for War if he will state what is the cost of the armies of France, Germany, Russia, and the United 1475 States, and the numbers on the active lists, respectively, for the last ascertainable year.
(Answered by Mr. Secretary Arnold-Forster.) The figures are as follows:—
In the case of France a number of items, such as coast fortifications, which are of a military nature, are provided for in the Naval Budget, and so also in the case of Germany, though to a less extent. The German Estimates make no provision for pensions, which are included in a separate budget and amount to about £5,000,000 a year.
Army Estimates. Peace Establishments. Active Army (all ranks). £ France, 1904 27,053,196 602,120 Germany, 1903–4 31,880,455 600,000 Russia, 1903 36,647,089 1,124,037 United States, 1903–4 24,383,469 67,438