HC Deb 04 August 1896 vol 43 c1443

I beg to ask the Under Secretary of State for War whether some of the troops at Aldershot are not supplied with floors for the tents in permanent camp, owing to there being an insufficient supply?

CAPTAIN PIRIE (Aberdeen, N.)

I beg to ask the Under Secretary of State for War, will he explain on what grounds it is the practice at Aldershot to provide Auxiliary Forces with floor boards for their tents during their training there, which are taken away from the Regulars for that purpose; and, whether, seeing that for medical reasons it is desirable that the Regulars who may be for many months under canvas should have the use of these boards, he will consider the advisability of providing Regular troops with boards, as is done in the case of Auxiliary troops, instead of compelling the Regulars to provide themselves with boards at their own expense?


By the regulations Militia are entitled to tent floor boards and the Regulars are allowed waterproof sheets, which are more adapted for mobile camps. When the General Officer commanding, acting on medical advice, considers floor boards necessary for Regulars, he can make requisition for them, and his demand will receive every consideration.