§ MR. NIELD (Middlesex, Ealing)
To ask the Secretary of State for War if he will state what is the number of men known as specials who have enlisted during the past twelve months, and what percentage they bear to the total enlistment; and, further, what proportion of such men (specials) are likely to become fully trained and competent soldiers.
(Answered by Mr. Secretary Haldane.) If the hon. Member will kindly refer to the Report on recruiting recently published, he will find the figures for the year ending 30th September, 1905, as 220 and the percentage as 0.6. It is hoped and believed that all these recruits will become fully trained and competent soldiers.