§ Mr. HUNT
asked the Secretary of State for War what additions have been made during the last two years to the peace strengths of the armies of Russia, Austria-Hungary, France, Germany, Belgium, and Holland; what will be the total peace strength of officers, non-commissioned officers, and men of these armies when the laws regarding the increases have taken full effect; what are the official reasons given by the War Ministers of the countries named for the increase in the armies; and do any of these War Ministers pro- 900W pose to raise the men considered necessary by voluntary methods of enlistment?
§ Colonel SEELY
On the assumption that the proposed increases are all approved, the information is approximately as follows:—
Russia Additions made 75,000 Present peace establishment 1,284,000 (Future not yet ascertained.) Austria-Hungary. Additions made 58,505 Present peace establishment 473,643 (Future not yet ascertained.) France. Additions proposed 183,715 Future peace establishment 741,572 Germany. Additions made 38,372 Additions proposed 136,000 Future peace establishment 821,964 Belgium. Additions proposed 30,000 Future peace establishment 72,700 Holland. Additions made 5,000 peace establishment 38,549
It is not proposed to raise any additional troops by voluntary enlistment except in Belgium, where 2,000 will be so raised. It would not be possible within the limits of an answer to a question to state the various official reasons given by the War Ministers of the countries mentioned for these increases.