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The insatiable Ambition and insidious Policy of France. No Altern
tive for Brituin between Resistance and Submission.-The fir Attentions of the Legislature called to the State of the Army a Navy.-Ordnance Estimates moved in the House of Commons, Mr. Calcraft.-- Resolutions mored thereon.--agreed to.- Motio by Lord Castlercugh, for: Returns of the Effective Sta of our Military Establishment agreed to.- Army Estimates, Number and Disposition of the Volunteers.-- Result of the Alter tion that had been made in the Recruiting System - Observutio by Lord Castlereugh on the Statements that had been laid befo the House by the Secretary at War.- Reply to Lord Castlereag by Mr. Windham.- New System for Recruiting the Army vind cated.- Strictures on that System by Mr Perceval..--Mr. Percer answered, and the New System defended by Lord Blowick.--R marks by Sir James Pulteney.-Speech of Sir Joh Doyle.- Obse vations by Mr. Johnstone--M,. Rose and Mr: Thornton...-T New System defended by Lord H. Petty -- The Resolutious agre to.- Navy Estimates moved by Mr. Thom's Grenville.-- New A rangement proposed for a clear Statement of the Naval Estimat in future. -Resolutions mored by Mr. Grenville agreed to. Sums for Miscellaneous Services mored by Mr. Vansittart-imor these a Sum in Addition to what had been gianted before to the R man-Catholic College at Maynooth - Which gives rise to animat Conversations on this Subject :- The Speakers ; Mr. Perceval - M Bunks - Lord Stanley-Sir John Neroport - Mi. Grattan...Lo Mahon-Mr. Wilberforce--and Lord Howick.--- All the Resolutio moved by Mr. Vansittart, agreed to. .
N EVER was the British parlia. ate any of the countries of whi IV ment more unanimous upon any he might have taken possession, u question than that the crown was to less Great Britain should relinqui be supported in the prosecution of the her maritime conquests. Weh war against France, with the whole therefore no alternative between i energy and resources of the nation. sistance and submission. The h The insatiable ambition as well as nour of the country was at all h the insidious policy of the French zards to be maintained and vind government, though abundantly ap. cated, or, having lost its honour, parent, had never been seen before must lose its power, and sink low in so clear and striking a light and lower in the scale of nation Buonaparte had lately stated, thatThe first regards, therefore, of ti he would not conduct the present legislature, were demanded by t| war as he had done those in which · state of our army and navy, and he had been before engaged. He our finances by which these were had declared that he would not leave be maintained and re-inforced. the shores of the Baltic, no'r eyacu. On the 7th of January the hou
of commons having resolved itself in the same proportion, and owing into a committee of supply, Mr. to the same cause. Next year the Calcnt moved, that the estimate of reduction would be still grtater, as the charge of the office of ordnance, the lines of Chatham, and the great for Great Britain and Ireland, for works carrying on at and on the the rear 1807, be referred to the coast, would by that time be com. id committee. He had great sa pleted.
faction in being enabled to inform Mr. Calcraft then mored. 1. That the committee, that there was a con. a sum not exceeding 2,278,1971. US, nderable reduction in the estimates 10d. be granted to his majesty, for be bad now to submit to them, com. the charge of the office of ordnance pered with those of the former years: for the land-service for Great Bri. which reduction, he candidly stated, tain, for the year 1807...-2. That was to be impoted, not to the board 479.2 161. 19s. 70. he granted to his of ordnance, but to the adequate majesty, for the charge of the office supplies of former years, which, in of ordnance in Ireland, for the year facilitating the progress of the public 1807.---3. That 301,1066 9s. 8d. Forks, had lessened the grants of be granted to his majesty, for defrayDubey Decessary to support them. ing the expence of services performed If the board of ordnance had any by the office of ordnance for land. claim to merit, it was for the uniform service for Great Britain, and not zeal with which the board had re. provided for by parliament in the isted all the expensive projects that year 1805.---4. That 262,3651. 145. bad been submitted to them,' and 2d. be granted to his majesty, for Consulted on all occasions the utmost defraying the expence of services Economy that was practicable. The performed by the office of ordnance principal reductions were owing to for land.service, for Great Britain, the completion of those great works and not provided for by parliament in Kent, and on the coast of Sussex, in the year 1806. These resolutions which, while erecting, were pro. were reported next day, and agreed to. doctive of an expence of no incon. January 12.-Lord Castlereagh siderable magnitude. The sum now moved for returns of the present supruired would be found to be effective state of our military esta. £800,000. less than that voted last blishment. The first point on which year, and this, too, notwithstand. he thought it necessary to call for ing the increase of 1,400 men in one information, was, the actual state of battalion of foot artillery; the in. the army, regulars and militia. His Chased expence of the establish. first motion, therefore, would be, Seats of engineers; and the aug. for a return of the present effective Sestation of pay granted to the strength of the regular army, the Artillery, by his majesty. This militia, and the artillery, up to the threefold addition to our expendi. latest period when returns had been feres, would amount to £150,000: made, and at the end of every so that, had there not been a reduc. month from the 1st of March 1806, tion of €600,000. the increase now inclusive. By this return, the house required would be £750,000. In would be enabled to judge how far the ordnance estimates for Ireland, the army had undergone any in. the diminution would be found to be crease, or diminution of its effective
strength strength within that period. The guishing those serving abroad, fro next point on which he proposed to those serving at home. 3. A retu move for information, respected the of the men raised monthly for sources from which the supply for regular army, from the month keeping up the strength of the army January 1805, to the first was derived. The two motions January 1807, exclusive of forei which he meant to bring forward on or colonial levies, and distinguishi these heads, would put the house in those raised by the Additional For possession of full information re. act, by the regular recruiting, a specting the general state of the those that were enlisted from t army, and the means at present ex. militia. 4. Copies of all orders isting, for keeping it up to its proper regulations that had been issu establishment. His further motions since the last session of parliamet related to branches of our military respecting the recruiting of the 1 force, that were collateral with the gular army. 5. An abstract of t regular army, and calculated to sup. effective strength of the volunteers port it and keep it up : he meant the the 1st of January 1806, distinguis volunteers ; and that other branch ing infantry and cavalry : also which had engaged so much of the like return at the latest period wh attention of the house during last any return had been, specifyi session, when the General Training within what period such return h bill was under discussion...And, if been made. 6. An abstract of su the papers should not prove, that the instructions as had been issued, 1 state of the army was more satisfac. his majesty's command, to the lie tory, than, from the information he tenants of counties; and of su had been enabled to receive, he was proceedings as had been taken ther disposed to believe it, he should on in execution of the act of la never consent to a renewal of that session of parliament, for the genei fundamental change in the Mutiny training of the population of t act, which the right honourable se. country. cretary at war had introduced into Mr. Windham confessed a dil it last session.
culty in stating the amount of bla Lord Castlereagh then moved, 1. troops employed in the West Indie That there be laid before the house, But, as they were not the on mouthly returns of the amount of corps employed, the objection d the effective strength of his majesty's not appear to him to be very mat regular troops and militia, from the rial, and therefore he should n 1st of March 1806, to the 1st of Ja. press it, Lord Castlereagh co nuary 1807 ; distinguishing cavalry, sented to have the black West.Ind foot guards, infantry of the line, regiments thrown into the gro garrison and veteran battalions, amount of the foreign local troop foreign and local corps, German The motions were then agreed to. legion, West India corps, British January 14. The secretary at w and Irish militia ; and distinguishing presented to the house of commo those serving abroad, from those the army estimates for the prese serving at home. 2. A similar re. year, and a copy of the warra turn of the effective strength of the for fixing certain allowances ar artillery for the same period ; distin. pensions in pursuance of the act, 4
of George III ; and gave notice, afford the information the noble lord that on that day se’nnight he would wished for. move those estimates in the com. January 21.-The house of com. mittee of supply. Mr. Perceval mons went into a committee of sup. wished to know, whether the papers ply, and Mr. Windham, agreeably Bored for on a former nicht by lord to the notice he had given on the Castlerragh, with a view to the 14th, moved the army estimates : elacidation of the state of our mili. which, he said, with very few ex. tary esta lishments would be ready ceptions, were conformable to those before that day. The secretary at of the last year. They were classed wu conceived that the papers now under 26 heads ; namely, presented, might in a great measure
CHARGE. 1. Gaards, Garrisons, &c. . . 2. Forces in the Plantations, &c. .. 79158 2609143 13 9 3. India Forces . . . . . . 25115 582397 0 0 4. Troops and Companies for rem
cruiting ditto . . . . . . 437 25214 10.0 5. Recruiting and Contingencies.
227249 0 10 6. General and Staff Officers
190529 17 6 7. Embodied Militia and Fencible
Infantry . . . . . . . 94202 2493644 7 5 8. Contingencies for ditto - - -
62153 17 0 9. Clothing for ditto . .
157227 16 4 10. Full Pay to Supernumerary Offi. cers - - - - - - -
34418 11 0 11. Pablic Departments . . . ,
221200 18 5 12. Allowance to Inn-keepers, &c.
467273 -3 11 13. Half Pay and Military Allowances
192515 2.11. 14. Ditto American Forces . .
44000 0 0 15. Ditto Scotch Brigade . .
750 0 0 16. In-Pensioners of Chelsea and Ki). mainham Hospitals .
50597 199 17. Out Pensioners of ditto
355785 78 16. Widows Pensions ,
43958 7 6 19, Volunteer Corps .
1490301 4 8 90. Foreign Corps .
21473 832540 19 9 21. Royal Military College ...
22175 5 10 22. Royal Military Asylum •
21227 8 4 23. Allowances to Retired and Offici. ating Chaplains . .
18208 15 11 24. Hospital Expences (Ireland)
18161 10 10 25. Barrack Department (ditto)
469450 12 6 28. Compassionate List - - -
12000 0 0
Mr. Windham said, that the differ. the apprehensions of invasion, ti ence between these and the esti. had called forth and stimulated the mates of last year, was on the whole lunteers, had subsided; and some : but small; being in number of men, "laxation of activity might have be only 5281, and in point of charge, the consequence. But there v '£9,176.-.-On the whole view of the not a doubt, that this highly estin estimate, after an examination of it ble class of the public force wou in detail, Mr. Windham congratu. again display their characteristic spi lated the country, on an augmenta. and zeal, if a renewal of the enemy tion of the number of forces, and a menaces should call for a simi decrease of the expence of the esta. energy and ardour.... On this ti blishment, of £150,000. In 1806, timony to the merit of the volu when the present ministers had first teers from Mr. Windham, there w come into office, if they had pro- a great cry from the opposition si ceeded on the system before acted ofthe house, of hear! hear! which w upon, without any reformation, the as much as to say, that this testimoi total charge of the number of forces was not to have been expected fra thus augmented, would have amount. him. Mr. Windham therefore, ed to no less than 14,800,0001.--. On reply to this insinuation, said, th the subject of the general training of the present ministers had never fou the population of the country, Mr. fault with the volunteers themselve Windham stated, that the returns had but only with the manner in wii been made, and that every thing was the honourable gentlemen opposit ready for carrying it into execution had organized them. Never had t! whenever his majesty's ministers present ministers been guilty shonld think fit.
uttering any charge against the y As to the volunteers, the gloomy lunteers so disrespectful as th apprehensions that had been formed which had been brought, and ma of the entire dissolution of that re. pertinaciously maintained, by t1 spectable body, in consequence of honourable gentleman opposite; th the reductions made, in the last the volunteers would disband ther session, in its expenditure, had been selves, if any reduction should I completely falsified in the event. made of their pay or allowance During the agitations of the public The whole number that had retira mind, and of the volunteers, which from this cause, was only 11,48 had been produced by misrepre. The number that still remained sentation and studious irritation, service, was 363,400. while the subject was under discus. Another point on which Mr. W sion, some symptoms of disinclina. thought it necessary on the presei tion to farther service might have occasion, to make a few observ: appeared. But on better informa. tions, a point which had undergon tion, and better consideration, those more discussion than any other, w ill advised and inconsiderate discon, the alteration in the system of ra tents had subsided ; and the same cruiting.... It would be remembere order of men, formed for the defence by many gentlemen, that so long a of the country, remained, in point of twelve years ago, he had urged th numbers, without any material de propriety of adopting a measured falcation. At the present moment, this kind for the amelioration of th