HC Deb 17 September 1914 vol 66 c976

asked the Under-Secretary of State for War whether, in consequence of the inability of the War Office to utilise the offer of the Automobile Association to raise a corps of 5,000 motor volunteers, a modified offer was made to the French Government and by them accepted with enthusiasm, subject only to enrolment here; whether the War Office has received a request from the hon. Member for Brentford for permission to enrol such corps for service with our Allies; and, if so, when the reply of the War Office may be expected?


I was not aware of the fact that the French Government had accepted such an offer. A letter was, I find, sent to the hon. Gentleman yesterday stating that the enrolment of a corps of motorists in England for service with the French Army could not receive consideration except on the application of the French Government through the usual diplomatic channel.


If such request comes from the French Government, will facilities be given by our War Office?


Oh, yes, of course.