§ Mr. STANTON
asked the Under-Secretary of State for War what steps are being taken to provide our Volunteer Training Corps with rifles; what is done with the 1472W old scrapped or captured enemy rifles, and whether they are stored or put to use; and is he aware that many Volunteer Training. Corps possess no rifles at present, and therefore cannot efficiently perform their drill?
§ Mr. MACPHERSON
Rifles will be supplied to the Volunteers when other more pressing requirements have been, met. I think that the situation is understood by the volunteers. The bulk of captured rifles are received in a condition unfit for use owing to the loss of some essential part.