HC Deb 03 June 1913 vol 53 c759
18. Mr. SANDYS

asked for the latest returns relative to the numbers of officers and men in the Territorial Force; and if he will state what were the numbers of the force at the corresponding period last year and what is the increase or decline shown?


also asked what were the actual numbers of the strength of the Territorial Force, both for officers and non-commissioned officers and men, on May Day last?

Colonel SEELY

The figures required are as follows:—

Officers. N.C.O.'s and Men.
1st May, 1912 9,393 266,130
1st May, 1913 9,307 242,091
showing decreases of 86 officers and 24,039 non-commissioned officers and men.


In view of the right hon. Gentleman's reply, may I ask him, as a matter of fact, whether the General Staff are still satisfied that the Territorial Force are able to fulfil the defence required?


The hon. Member cannot put highly controversial matters at Question Time. He will have an opportunity on the Estimates.