HC Deb 02 August 1905 vol 150 cc1329-30
COLONEL PILKINGTON (Lancashire, Newton)

I beg to ask the Secretary of State for War whether a report in shorthand was taken of the proceedings at the meeting which he held with Volunteer officers at the House of Commons on Friday, 28th July; and, if so, whether he will arrange for the printing and circulation among Volunteer commanding officers of a transcript of such report.


A report was made for the information of the Army Council. Personally I should be very glad to issue the report, as I believe that its publication would do nothing but good; but I confess I am doubtful whether it is altogether in the interests of Volunteer officers that such publication should take place. The recent meeting was a private one, and derives its value from; he freedom with which the officers present made suggestions and expressed; heir opinions. I am by no means certain that subsequent meetings would have the same value, if those taking part. n them were aware that they were appealing to the public, nor am I confident that such a proceeding would be in the best interests of discipline.