HC Deb 26 July 1872 vol 212 cc1886-7

asked the Controller in Chief, Whether he is aware that the tenant of the field, adjoining that on which the Camp is about to be formed at Harwich, has refused the use of it for the purposes of drill, although the field is the property of the War Office; and, whether he is not aware that this refusal of the use of the ground will seriously interfere with the training of the troops on this occasion?


The property in question is let subject to troops having free access to it for drill, exercise, and athletic purposes, except between the 19th of March and the 30th of June in each year. I have had no official intimation that the use of the ground for drill purposes has been refused. In reference, however, to a private communication, the Commanding Royal Engineer has been already directed to point out to the tenant the right reserved to the War Department respecting the drill of troops. If the tenant objects to fulfil the condition of his holding, the Commanding Royal Engineer will be instructed to enforce the right of the War Department.