HC Deb 05 April 1910 vol 16 cc191-2

asked the Secretary of State for War, what would be the number of subaltern officers required in Regular Infantry, Special Reserve, Yeomanry, Territorial Infantry, respectively, to complete the establishment on mobilisation; and what was the number of officers available?


asked the Secretary of State for War what would be the total number of additional officers required for the Army on mobilisation at.home and abroad, including India?

The SECRETARY of STATE for WAR (Mr. Haldane)

Last year a Memorandum (Cd. 4611) was published showing the state of the Military Forces in the United Kingdom, and if the hon. and gallant Baronet will refer to Appendix A he will find statistics regarding officers which will give him much of the information he requires, as the figures for the present date do not vary from those then given to any material extent. I need hardly add that it is not customary, or in the interests of the public service to publish detailed information concerning our requirements on mobilisation.


Does the right hon. Gentleman still adhere to the figures he gave to the House of 5,000 odd to complete the mobilisation?


It depends on what it is for. If it is mobilisation of the whole Army and of the Indian Army also I should say more than that.