HC Deb 08 July 1858 vol 151 cc1081-2

said, he rose to ask the Secretary of State for War whether it is true that, on the arrival of the 92nd Regiment in Bombay in May last, it was quartered in the Colaba Barracks, which had long been pronounced unfit for European troops; whether the Regiment had not many oases of fever in those barracks; and why the usual Indian clothing was not given to that Regiment till six weeks after its arrival?


said, that an inquiry had been made, both at the Board of Control and the East India House, on this subject, but he regretted to say that they had not received any official information, or indeed any information whatever upon the matter. He, therefore, could not say whether the 92nd Regiment in Bombay was quartered in the Colaba Barracks; neither could he give any answer to the other question of the hon. and gallant Gentleman, as to whether there had been any cases of fever in those barracks, or whether the clothing had or had not been delivered to the troops before the time referred to. He would, however, bear those questions in memory, and if some report on the matter did not shortly arrive, he would feel it his duty to cause an inquiry to be made. He was afraid it was true that the Regiment had been quartered in the barracks alluded to, because, although there were other barracks selected for them, yet he understood that they were not, it the time to which the hon. and gallant Gentleman referred, in a state for occupation.