HC Deb 14 July 1936 vol 314 cc1842-3

asked the Secretary of State for War (1) whether it is intended to mechanise any part of the Cavalry Militia Force;

(2) when the last inspection of existing units of the Cavalry Militia Force took place by the Inspector-General of Cavalry; when it is intended to hold the next inspection; and whether any of the officers of such units will be afforded the opportunity of attending a course at the Cavalry School, Weedon;

(3) the duties of the clergyman appearing in the Army List as honorary chaplain to the North Irish Horse, Cavalry Militia; how many church parades have been held during the past two years for officers and other ranks; and whether the attendance has been voluntary or compulsory?


All units of the Cavalry Militia have been disbanded except the North Irish Horse, which has been left in what I can, perhaps, best describe as a state of suspended animation. All the other ranks of this unit having completed their engagements, and recruiting for it being suspended, the strength at present consists of one officer only. In these circumstances my hon. and gallant Friend's questions do not arise.

Captain BALF0UR

If the whole force consists of one officer, can we be told whether he has any duties to perform or whether he takes a place in the Army List?


He takes a place in the Army List as being the sole member of this force, the battle honours of which are described on one page of the Army List. While it may not fulfil any important purpose it does not do any harm.


Although cavalry units have been almost entirely disbanded, is it the practice of the War Office to permit former cavalry officers in mechanised units to retain their horses and, if so, for what purpose?


Can the right hon. Gentleman say whether this officer has been seconded for special duty?