HC Deb 17 April 1905 vol 145 cc301-2

I beg to ask the Secretary of State for War whether, in view of the amount of matter contained in the infantry drill book which Volunteers can hardly be expected to study, he will take into consideration the advisability of issuing a book giving plainly the minimum which Volunteers ought to learn.


The principles and instructions contained in the new edition of "Infantry Training," issued in March, 1905, are as much applicable to the Volunteers as to the Regulars, and it is considered essential that the Volunteers should study practically the whole of the matter contained therein. In carrying out their training Volunteers are not, however, expected to adhere to the course laid down for the Regulars, and they are directed in paragraph 179 to follow the spirit rather than the letter of the instructions for this course. It is not considered necessary to issue a separate manual for the Volunteers.