9. Mr. HAMILTON BENN
asked the Secretary of State for War whether there has been a considerable reduction in the establishment of riding masters in the Royal Horse Artillery since 1905; if so, what is the extent of the reduction and the reason for it; and whether it has reduced the opportunities of promotion from the ranks?
§ Colonel SEELY
The establishment of riding masters in the Royal Horse Artillery was reduced by two in 1907 as the instruction of recruits in riding at the depots was discontinued. A further reduction of one is being made this year owing to the withdrawal of the Royal Horse Artillery from South Africa. To the extent above stated opportunities of promotion from the ranks have been reduced.