HC Deb 14 March 1889 vol 333 c1661
CAPTAIN SELWYN (Cambridge, Wisbeach)

I beg to ask the Secretary of State for War whether it is a fact, as stated in Dr. Barr's letter to the Times of 9th March, that There was a great deal of sickness in the Richmond Prison. The General Prisons Board of Ireland, to whom the health of the prisoners is a matter of the deepest concern, have recently closed this prison; and whether a detachment of the Queen's Regiment, now quartered in the Royal Barracks, Dublin, is being moved this week into the same unhealthy building?


I cannot answer for the sanitary condition of the Richmond Prison while under the Prisons Board; but since it has been occupied by troops the military authorities in Ireland report that they have been very healthy. The detachment now in Wellington Barracks (the building referred to) is to be moved to-day to Linen Hall Barracks to make room for a detachment of the West Surrey Regiment from the Royal Barracks, who had to be moved while certain demolitions are taking place there, which are regarded as of essential importance to the general sanitary condition of the Royal Barracks.


Was any alteration made in the sanitary condition of Richmond Barracks at the time of its conversion from a prison into barracks?


No structural alterations have been made, but some are in contemplation.


In fact, troops are to be sent to a place which was discontinued as a prison because of the bad drainage?

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