HC Deb 06 December 1888 vol 331 cc1237-8
MR. GOURLEY (Sunderland)

asked the Secretary of State for War, What steps he intends taking for the purpose of carrying out the recommendations of Lord Harris's Committee relative to the re-organization of the Royal Artillery; and, whether, if the recommendations are adopted, they will, in any way, disturb the existing distribution of garrison depots at Sunderland and other seaport towns?

THE SECRETARY OF STATE (Mr. E. STANHOPE) (Lincolnshire, Horncastle)

This is much too important a matter for me to be able to deal adequately with it in the form of an answer to a Question, nor, indeed, is it ripe for any statement on the subject. I cannot, therefore, yet say positively whether any, and, if so, which, seaports will be affected by the scheme that may be adopted; but the primary consideration upon which it will be based must be the efficiency of the Royal Artillery, and not the interest of any particular seaport.