HC Deb 06 April 1905 vol 144 cc660-1
MAJOR SEELY (Isle of Wight)

I beg to ask the First Lord of the Treasury, as President of the Council of Defence, whether it is proposed to proceed with the formation of a home-service Army on a short-service basis, within the next few months, a commencement being made as soon as sufficient long-service enlistments for India have been secured, whether the Militia is to form part of this home-service Army; and, if so, whether all or what portions of the Militia are to be so transformed.


This Question has nothing to do with the Committee of Defence, and I have therefore asked my right hon. friend to answer it.


It will not be possible to commence short-service recruiting for several months. But when an adequate number of men enlisted for long service has been obtained, the enlistment of men for a shorter period of service must be commenced. No short-service battalions will be formed before October. No Militia units will be included in the short-service Army except with their consent.