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Question

Volume 203: debated on Friday 5 August 1870

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said, he would beg to ask the Secretary of State for War, With what Guns the Militia Artillery are at present trained; and, whether the attention of the War Department has been called to the necessity of inquiring whether Officers now serving in Militia Regiments are prepared to continue their services should their Regiments be "embodied?"

Sir, the Militia Artillery have always been trained with smooth-bore guns. As to the second Question, I have not thought it necessary to inquire whether Militia officers are prepared to discharge their duty. But I am already in possession of many proofs of zeal which outrun the demands of duty.