§ MR. D. SULLIVAN(for Mr. MURPHY) (Westmeath, S.)
asked the Secretary of State for War, Whether the Military tents stored at Arbour Hill Barracks, Dublin, were formerly kept in repair locally and in a satisfactory manner; whether, of late years, it is the practice to get those tents repaired in England at a greater cost, including carriage both ways, than before the present system was adopted; what was the reason of this change; and, will arrangements be made that the repairs shall in future be executed in Dublin?
THE SECRETARY OF STATE (Mr. CAMPBELL-BANNERMAN)&c.) (Stirling,
No change has been made in the system of having tents repaired. Tents stored in Dublin are repaired there by local 7 labour, and in the interests of economy local repairs are always encouraged. When tents in Ireland are condemned locally they are forwarded to Woolwich for ultimate disposal. Occasionally these are found susceptible of repair, and after repair would be re-issued. Possibly the case of some of these tents may have suggested the hon. Member's Question.