HC Deb 18 May 1893 vol 12 cc1242-3
MR. ABEL SMITH (Herts, E.)

I beg to ask the Secretary of State for War what is the sanitary condition of the Grand Dôpot Barracks at Woolwich; and whether the medical officer of the district has reported on the state of the drains?


No Reports have been received as to the Grand Depôt Barracks at Woolwich being in an insanitary condition; but the system of drainage of the Royal Artillery Barracks is reported to be old and defective. A reconstruction of the whole system is under reconsideration. The general health of the troops has been reported to be good.


Will the right hon. Gentleman press this work forward? I am told that some of the existing drains are 100 years old.


My experience is that drains 100 years old are sometimes better than the se of recent construction.