HC Deb 21 March 1907 vol 171 cc842-3

I beg to ask the Secretary of State for War if, having regard to the fact that he invited some twenty of the best known officers of the Auxiliary Forces to advise him last year as to the best method of forming a Territorial Army, he proposes to consult with them as to the details of the Bill he has introduced, and to learn their views as to the suggested destruction of the Militia, Yeomanry, and Volunteers, before asking the House to agree to a Second Reading.


During the early stages of the present scheme of reorganisation I wished for information upon a number of specific points upon which I addressed questions to the Committee to which the hon. Member refers. The discussions and advices of the Committee upon those points were of great value to me. Now that a Bill is before the House I do not think that any advantage would be gained by consulting the Committee to which the hon. Member alludes.