HC Deb 16 March 1882 vol 267 cc992-3

asked the Secretary of State for War, Whether an inquiry has been recently held relating to the government of the Royal Hibernian Military School, Dublin; and, if so, by whom, and what was the immediate object of that inquiry?


If the hon. Member was in the House when I moved the Army Estimates early on Tuesday morning, he may have heard me say that in consequence of the effect of short service on the number of pensioners, and on the marriage of soldiers and the number of soldiers' children, it had become desirable to institute a thorough inquiry as to the present condition and the prospective requirements of the two great hospitals at Chelsea and Kilmainham, and the two schools, the Duke of York's and the Royal Hibernian. The Committee to whom this inquiry has been intrusted, and who are now conducting it, consists of Lord Morley, Mr. Campbell-Bannerman, Lieutenant-Generals Sir Beauchamp Walker and R. C. H. Taylor, Major-General Harman, the Rev. J. W. Sharpe, Sir P. Keenan, and Mr. C. Dilke Loveless. Considering the recent changes at the Hibernian School, it was considered desirable that they should visit that institution and Kilmainham first. When Her Majesty's Government have decided what action to take on the Report of the Committee, which, however, is not likely to be completed for some time, it is probable that I shall be able to lay it on the Table of the House.