§ Mr. HUNT
asked the Secretary of State for War whether, in the case of invasion or imminent national peril, the War Office could immediately provide the hundreds of thousands of men who have served in, but retired, from the regular and auxiliary forces with rifles, ammunition, and uniform; and, if not, what steps will be taken to make these trained men useful in case of sudden hostilities?
§ Mr. HALDANE
The question of forming a reserve from the sources mentioned is at present under consideration, but without proper organisation and the requisite proportion of officers and non-commissioned officers such a reserve would be of little military value. In considering the main question the subsidiary question of the supply of arms, ammunition, equipment and clothing will not be lost sight of.