HC Deb 15 August 1889 vol 339 cc1343-4

I beg to ask the First Lord of the Admiralty whether money has been voted for the Naval Reserve Drill Battery at Belfast; whether the lease of a site has been arranged with Belfast Harbour Commissioners; and when the work will be commenced?


Money has been voted in the Civil Service Estimates for this year for the erection of a Naval Reserve Drill Battery at Belfast, but the lease of the site has not yet been finally arranged. On the strong representations of the Admiral Superintendent of Naval Reserves the commencement of the work has been suspended for a time, as questions have arisen which might, in the future, render the site a less desirable one for the battery than was at first supposed. Under these circumstances, the Admiralty are of opinion that it would be more prudent to make further inquiries before actually commencing the work.