§ 5. Mr. H. JONES
asked the Secretary of State for War whether his attention has been directed to a resolution of the Merioneth local pensions committee protesting against the office of secretary to the Merioneth and Montgomery Territorial Army Association being held by a gentleman of ample
§ abroad, and their disbandment cannot be carried out until they arrive home from abroad next trooping season. Out of the 12 Irish battalions due for disbandment, 10 have already been disbanded. The reductions in the number of other ranks contemplated have nearly all been completed, but there are still a number of surplus officers to be got rid of; these are now being rapidly reduced. With the above exceptions, all the reductions in the Army arranged for have been completed.
§ As regards the third part of the question, the following table gives the numbers required:
§ means; and whether he will call upon the Association to appoint a disabled officer, in need of employment, in place of the present holder of the office?
§ Lieut.-Colonel STANLEY
The answer to the first part of the question is in the affirmative. In regard to the last part, I am not in a position to intervene.