HC Deb 22 February 1927 vol 202 cc1550-1

asked the Secretary of State for War what was the number of and the annual charge for the headquarters staff at the War Office in June, 1914; the number of all ranks in the Army at that time; and the respective figures and cost in January, 1927?

Captain KING

I have had the information drawn up in tabular form, and will, with the hon. Member's permission, have it circulated in the OFFICIAL REPORT. As was explained in answer to the hon. Member for West Middlesbrough (Mr. T. Thomson) on the 15th instant, the numbers are those included in Estimates for the respective years.

Following is the table promised:

have been made in the cavalry since January, 1919; and whether, having regard to the increasing mechanicalisa- tion of transport, etc., in the Army, it is proposed to effect further reductions in the number of cavalry and yeomanry regiments?

Captain KING

As regards the first part of the question, I would refer the hon. Member to page 31 of Army Estimates, 1926. My right hon. Friend the Secretary of State will deal with the second part in connection with next year's Army Estimates.