HC Deb 20 June 1879 vol 247 cc306-7

asked the Secretary of State for War, Whether orders have been given for the removal of the Royal North Gloucester Regiment of Militia from Cirencester to Horfield; whether his attention has been called to the unsuitable character of Horfield as a place for the training and accommodation of troops, when compared with that of Cirencester, where they now enjoy exceptional advantages; and, whether he is willing to cause further inquiry to be made into the respective advantages of the two places as head quarters, and will direct that the issue of orders for the removal of the regiment should in the meantime be suspended?


asked the Secretary of State for War, Whether, considering that the clay field in which the Royal South Gloucester Militia were encamped in May last at Horfield is ill suited for the combined purposes of a camp and drill ground, it is intended to accommodate the regiment next training with quarters in the barracks or to provide it with a more healthy and suitable camping ground?


, in reply, said, that new training-places for the Gloucestershire Militia had been selected in pursuance of the localization scheme adopted some seven years ago, and it would not be easy to make a change without very considerable inquiry. The encamping ground at Horfield was not in a very good state; but it was intended to drain it and make it more healthy. He could not promise that this improvement should be carried out at once; but if his official duties would permit him to do so, he should shortly take the opportunity of going to see the ground for himself.


gave Notice that he should call attention to the subject on going into Committee of Supply.