HC Deb 23 July 1913 vol 55 cc2029-30
20. Mr. F. HALL

asked the Secretary of State for War whether he will state the number of ranges available for the practice of Artillery; whether these ranges are fully occupied throughout the year during the periods when it is practicable to carry out firing practice; if certain Regular batteries have been abolished; if so, was this due in any respect to the desire to increase the facilities for firing practice of the Territorial batteries; and if the War Office is taking any steps to provide additional ranges?


Five ranges have been available for both Regular and Territorial Artillery practice during this year and two others for Territorial Artillery practice. Another range will be available next year for both Regulars and Territorials. All available ranges are fully occupied during the practice season. The reorganisation of the Artillery was not due to a desire to increase range facilities.


Will the hon. Gentleman consider the necessity for increasing the ammunition in order that the Territorial Artillery may have an opportunity of going into actual gun practice?


I do not think that arises out of this question, which is one affecting ranges, but, I will make representations in the proper quarter.

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