§ CAPTAIN NORTON
I beg to ask the Secretary of State for War if he can state with reference to the ten years ending 31st December, 1898, how many men, under seven years service, were discharged from the Regular Army as unfit for further service (excluding those disabled by injuries received in the performance of their duties, or by wounds incurred on active service); the total amount paid in pensions to men thus discharged; the average number of yearly enlistments in the Regular Army; and the average number of transfers to the Reserve.
§ MR. BRODRICK
The average number of yearly enlistments in the Regular Army was 34,122. The average number of transfers to the Reserve was 15,764. I fear I cannot at present throw upon the War Office and Chelsea Hospital the very heavy work required to obtain answers to the other questions put by the† See preceding volume, page 1065.1146 hon. and gallant Member. In both establishments the pressure due to the large number of invalids returning from South Africa, whose cases should be promptly dealt with, is very great.