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Formation Of Automobile Corps

Volume 65: debated on Saturday 8 August 1914

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Will the Under-Secretary for War say whether he has not already had an offer for the formation of a corps of 10,000 motor-cars? I am bound to say that the offer was from myself on behalf of the Automobile Association, and that we are prepared to form such a corps at our own expense, first of all, for service abroad, secondly, for service with the Home Army, and, thirdly, for service for peace purposes. Is he aware that the whole of the scheme is in more than embryo, that it has been submitted to the War Office, and that we should be only too glad to place ourselves entirely at their disposal? We have already had 10,000 offers which are now being tabulated.

Yes, Sir; among the many patriotic offers that have been made, that from the hon. Gentleman opposite has been received by the War Office. All these offers are under consideration by Lord Kitchener and the Army Council, and it would be premature to say anything except to express our cordial thanks.