HC Deb 29 July 1907 vol 179 cc463-4
SIR SAMUEL SCOTT (Marylebone, W.)

I beg to ask the Secretary of State for War whether the new cavalry of the Territorial Army are to be trained as cavalry or mounted infantry; and, if the former, will he explain the utility of a sword-bayonet as a weapon for a cavalry soldier,


The Cavalry of the Territorial Army will have to be trained to perform such essential cavalry functions as are necessary for home defence. As I have already stated, I am not yet in a position to say whether the performance of these duties will necessitate any alteration in the arms now carried by the Imperial Yeomanry.


Will the right hon. Gentleman consider, in view of the fact that the only possible reinforcement of the Cavalry in time of war will be the Yeomanry, it will be as well to arm both with the same weapon?


That will be considered.