HC Deb 25 July 1939 vol 350 cc1238-9
43. Mr. De Chair

asked the Secretary of State for War whether it has been definitely decided to close down the Equitation School at Weedon; and, if so, whether he will consider establishing a training and remounts depot there to supply the remaining horsed cavalry regiments, so that these regiments will not have to devote so much time to training recruits and schooling remounts and will be able to have a fully-trained establishment at all times?

Mr. Hore-Belisha

The establishment at Weedon comprises an equitation school, where officers and other ranks are trained as instructors in equitation; and a remount wing. The transfer of the school and remount wing elsewhere has not yet been finally approved. A depot squadron for training cavalry recruits has been opened at Edinburgh.

Mr. De Chair

May I take it that, if it is decided to transfer the establishment from Weedon, it is not proposed to abolish the Equitation School as such?

Mr. Hore-Belisha

I hope that my hon. Friend will not read into the answer more than it contains.