HC Deb 16 July 1913 vol 55 c1265W

asked the Secretary of State for War whether he is aware that the field operations which have recently been fixed to take place at Aldershot on the 21st, 22nd, and 23rd July, will, owing to several intending competitors being prevented from taking part arid many officers and men being unable to attend, detrimentally affect the Army athletic meeting which was arranged as far back as December last to be held on 23rd and 24th July; whether he is aware that a similar thing happened last year; whether other dates could have been selected for the operations without inconvenience; and whether the policy of the War Office or the general who is in command at Aldershot, whichever fixes the dates for the operations, is to discourage athletics in the Army?

Colonel SEELY

I am making inquiries into this matter.