§ MR. ARNOLD-FORSTER
I beg to ask the Secretary of State for War what is the annual cost of maintenance of a battalion of the Guards including and excluding reservists, respectively.
§ MR. HALDANE
The annual effective cost of maintenance of a battalion of Foot Guards (other than the battalion of Irish Guards which has a specially high establishment) is approximately £59,000, including a share of the depot, but not including reservists. The cost of the reservists of the Foot Guards, exclusive of the Irish Guards, is at present about £7,000 per battalion. The reserve of the Irish Guards has not yet attained its full proportions.