The HON. MEMBER
also asked what was the number of officers, non-commissioned officers, and men who were not recruits now in the Territorial infantry who had not fired a trained soldier's course of musketry?
§ The SECRETARY of STATE for WAR (Mr. Haldane)
The information required by these questions can only be obtained by calling for a special return, the preparation of which would give a great deal of trouble to the various staffs concerned. I would remind the hon. Member that these courses need not be completed until the end of October.
§ Mr. HALDANE
A soldier is required either to qualify in the standard test, which involves firing 23 rounds, or to attend at a range three times and fire 50 rounds of small-arms ammunition, or its equivalent, in aiming tube ammunition; one of these three attendances must be at an open range. There is no objection to a man firing the 23 rounds in an afternoon provided that he passes the test.
§ Mr. COURTHOPE
Is it not a fact that a repetition course, in case of failure in any one practice, may not be fired on the same afternoon?