HC Deb 03 May 1892 vol 4 c13
DR. FARQUHARSON (Aberdeenshire, W.)

I beg to ask the Financial Secretary, War Department, whether his attention has been called to the conditions of crowding and discomfort under which the examination of recruits has to be conducted at St. George's Barracks; whether the close proximity of the National Gallery to some of the barrack-rooms exposes the pictures to serious risk from fire; and whether, in removal or enlargement of these old and badly-constructed Barracks, he will endeavour to obviate the inconveniences and dangers now referred to?


The attention of the Secretary for War has been called to the conditions alluded to, and steps have been taken to remedy the evil, so far as the present limited space will allow. It is in contemplation to remove the Barracks, but the matter will have to be further considered. The question of the National Gallery comes within the province of the First Commissioner of Works, while the latter part of the question was dealt with in a reply given by my right hon. Friend on 17th March, 1891.