§ MR. FIENNES (Oxfordshire, Banbury)
I beg to ask the Secretary of State for War if he will state what is the full strength of a Militia battalion, and what is the strength of the permanent staff detailed thereto; the number and names of the battalions below 500 officers and men; and the strength of the permanent start's detailed for service with each.
§ MR. HALDANE
In the first part of the Question it is presumed that "full strength" moans the establishment of a battalion. This varies in different battalions from 11 officers and 425 men to 33 officers and 1,273 men; the permanent staff varying from one officer and sixteen non-commissioned officers to two officers and forty non-commissioned officers. As regards actual strength, there wore on the 1st ultimo 46 battalions below 500 officers and men. The names of these battalions, with their actual strength as well as that of the permanent staff in each case, are given in a list which I will circulate with the Votes. †