HC Deb 13 March 1905 vol 142 c1197
MR. LAMBERT (Devonshire, South Molton)

To ask the Secretary of State for War what was the length of Colour service, Reserve service, and pay in the Regular Army in 1895; what have been the changes since in service, both Colour and Reserve, and pay; also the number of recruits enlisted each year since that date.

(Answered by Mr. Secretary Arnold-Forster.) I cannot undertake within the limits of a reply to a Question to give the hon. Member the full information for which he asks. As regards the Colour and Reserve service, and the number of recruits enlisted, he will find full information in the General Annual Report of the British Army in Part III. Table 6, for the years up to 1902, and including nine months of 1903, and in the Annual Report of the Director of Recruiting and Organisation for 1903–4. The General Annual Report for 1904 will be very shortly published. As regards the pay, the figures for the infantry will doubtless serve the hon. Member's purpose, and are as follows:—The pay of a private of

Officers. Non-commissioned Officers and Men. Total,
1899 2,924 103,647 106,571
1900 2,744 98,130 100,874
1901 3,033 92,741 95,774
1902 2,688 102,845 105,533
1903 2,919 102,420 105,339
1904 2,713 90,909 93,622
1905 2,577 88,282 90,859