HC Deb 08 March 1889 vol 333 c1272
MR. HANBURY (Preston)

I beg to ask the Secretary of State for War what acreage of Government land the War Office has placed at the disposal of the National Rifle Association; for what portion of the year, for how many years, and upon what terms; and whether, as stated in the Times, it is the intention of the War Office to acquire control of Bisley Common and to place it together with the land it already holds at the disposal of the Association; and, if so, what is-the agreement or understanding with the Association as to Bisley Common?

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

No detailed arrangements for the user of Government land have yet been made, as I have not yet received official intimation that the Brookwood site has been finally adopted. I have intimated informally to the Association that if they will grant the War Department the user over the land at Brookwood which they may purchase, I would take steps to extinguish the common rights over a wedge-shaped plot of Bisley Common which juts into War Department property, and allow the Association the user of it. Such an arrangement would add considerably to the ground in the neighbourhood of Aldershot available for military manœuvres.