HC Deb 26 July 1910 vol 19 c1922

asked the Secretary of State for War whether, in view of the fact that the Territorial Army is still short of about 38,000 men, and that it has been stated on the highest authority that no larger number of men, if so many, can be obtained in the future, he proposes to continue to rely on the Territorial Force as a defence against the invasion and ruin of our country?

The SECRETARY of STATE for WAR (Mr. Haldane)

The reply is in the affirmative. At the present time any estimate of the future strength of the Territorial Force is, of course, a matter of speculation, but in this respect I think I have reason to be more hopeful than the authority mentioned.