HC Deb 12 June 1882 vol 270 c810

asked the Secretary of State for War, Whether he is aware that there is practically no barrack accommodation for British troops in Natal, the barracks at Pietermaritzburg being sufficient to contain four companies only; and, whether it is intended, in the event of an Imperial garrison being retained in Natal, to quarter the troops in properly constructed barracks, such as may be proof against the heavy rainfall of that country?


Yes, Sir; I am well aware of the insufficiency of the present barrack accommodation in Natal; but when the strength of the permanent garrison, if any, which is to be kept there is decided, the necessary accommodation will be proposed to Parliament. In the meanwhile, the expenditure on barracks is limited to repairs and maintenance.