HC Deb 31 May 1938 vol 336 cc1811-2
28. Major Macnamara

asked the Secretary of State for War whether he is aware that several kinds of drill are at present in use in the Army, compared with only one in the Navy or Royal Air Force; that some units have two kinds of drill, one for ceremonial and one for routine purposes; that, in addition, a new field-drill is to be learnt; and whether, in view of the short time available for drill in both the Regular and Territorial armies, he will cause to be taught immediately, if possible before the majority of Territorial Army summer camps, one simple smart drill for the whole Army suitable for war and peace purposes?

Mr. Hore-Belisha

While there must be variation between the drill for ceremonial parades and in the field, one simplified form is being experimented with this year.

Major Macnamara

Is it not the fact that originally drill was practical training, and could not my right hon. Friend implement his promise in the Army Estimates and introduce one form of drill for all purposes?

Mr. Hore-Belisha

I am not sure that I used that phrase, but the drill is being simplified at this moment.

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