HC Deb 16 March 1908 vol 186 c179

I beg to ask the Secretary of State for War whether the statements in paragraph 14 of the Order dated 24th February, on the training of the Territorial Force, by which it is explained that drills up to three may be performed in one day, and in paragraph 17, that noncommissioned officers may count attendance at lectures as drills, and privates attendance at physical training as drills, up to a maximum of five drills in each case, apply to the drills set forth in Appendix 2, dealing with Artillery recruits; and how far he regards the forty-five, and afterwards twenty, annual drills, thus reduced, as sufficient in the case of drivers and specialists of field batteries about to be formed.


The provisions of paragraphs 14 and 17 do apply to the number of drills required by Appendix 2. It is considered by the General Staff that the instruction imparted at lectures will, within the limits defined, be of equal value to that imparted at drills, and that the substitution of three physical drills for one ordinary drill will be of benefit to both drivers and specialists of Artillery, and will not reduce their training below what is required.