HC Deb 04 July 1867 vol 188 cc987-8

said, he would beg to ask the Secretary of State for War, Whether he has now received such necessary information as will enable him to state whether he intends to carry out the recommendation of the Recruiting Commission as to retaining the troops during the winter in the huts attached to the camps of Aldershot and Colchester? He wished also to put a Question of which he had been unable to give notice—whether any information had reached the War Office that some cavalry going from Aldershot to London had found themselves at Hounslow Heath at 4 or 5 o'clock in the afternoon without rations for either man or horse. Perhaps if the right hon. Gentleman could not answer the Question now he would do so at a future day?


said, he was afraid it was not in his power to give so conclusive an answer to the first Question as he could wish; but he might say that, considering the large amount of public property at Aldershot, it was highly desirable that the permanent barracks at that camp should continue to be occupied during the winter. With regard to the huts it was in contemplation, as far as possible, that they should not be occupied in winter, but that the troops should, as far as practicable, be sent to other quarters. In answer to the latter Question, he could merely state that he had as yet heard nothing upon the subject.