§ MR. ARTHUR O'CONNOR
I beg to ask the Financial Secretary to the War Office, whether memorials have been received by the Secretary of State from the Town Commissioners of Strabane and from the inhabitants of Lifford with reference to the suggested removal of the head-quarters of the 5th Inniskilling Fusiliers from Lifford to Bally-shannon; whether the probable effect of such removal upon recruiting for the battalion has been considered; and, whether the representations of the memorialists will receive full attention before a decision on the question is arrived at?
MR. J. POWELL-WILLIAMS
Memorials from Strabane and Lifford have been received; and, in a contrary sense, from Ballyshannon. The removal of the head-quarters of the 5th Inniskilling Fusiliers from Lifford to Ballyshannon was decided on because Ballyshannon is the largest town in Donegal. The battalion was raised at Ballyshannon, and a new recruiting ground would be opened up. Generally, the change appears to conduce to military efficiency.