HC Deb 06 May 1913 vol 52 cc1837-8
13. Mr. HUNT

asked the Secretary for War whether, as a religious census is taken of the men in the Army and Navy, he could give a Return of the number of men of the different denominations in the Territorial Force?

Colonel SEELY

Members of the Territorial Force are not obliged to furnish information regarding their religion on enlistment.


Is there no way of getting such a Return, seeing that it would show roughly how many of the Government's Nonconformist supporters are to be found in the Territorial ranks?

Colonel SEELY

No, Sir, it would involve great labour to get such a. Return. I regret I am unable to assume that all Nonconformists are supporters of the Government.

14. Mr. SANDYS

asked, in view of the fact that the numbers of the Territorial Force on 1st April, 1913, showed a decrease of 86 officers and 24,680 men, as compared with the strength of the force on 1st April, 1912, whether the General Staff is still satisfied that the force with its present reduced numbers is adequate for the defensive purposes for which the Territorial Army is intended?

Colonel SEELY

I have nothing to add to the replies which I gave to questions on this subject on 16th April.