HC Deb 01 April 1912 vol 36 c881

asked the Under - Secretary of State for War how many of the 9,111 Cavalry Regulars who would be left to assist in the defence of these islands after the departure of the Expeditionary Force in its full strength both of officers, non-commissioned officers, and men, would be Regulars serving with the Colours and how many Reservists; if he would give the numbers of officers, of non-commissioned officers, and of men in each category; if he would give similar information with regard to the 6,010 Royal Field and Royal Horse Artillery, 3,002 Royal Garrison Artillery, 4,500 Royal Engineers, 55,036 Infantry, 1,391 Army Service Corps, 624 Royal Army Medical Corps, 582 Army Ordnance Corps, eight Army Veterinary Corps, 317 Army Pay Corps, and the 274 Military Police; if he would, at the same time, say how many in each of the above units in each rank had had more than one year's service; and how many were more than twenty years' old?

The UNDER-SECRETARY of STATE for WAR (Colonel Seely)

The figures quoted do not include officers. As the proportion of soldiers serving with the Colours and Reservists included in the Expeditionary Force is constantly changing in the various units no good purpose would be served by giving the detailed figures required. As regards the last two sentences of the question, as I have already explained, no statistics are available.