HC Deb 27 July 1896 vol 43 c693
MR. CHARLES COLSTON (Gloucester, Thornbury)

I beg to ask the Under Secretary of State for War, whether the practice prevailing in the Portsmouth district is, that the regiment quartered in the Portsdown Hill Forts, several miles out, shall be moved into the town on any barracks becoming vacant; whether an exception has been made in the case of the 2nd Wiltshire: and, whether the Secretary of State has reason to believe that it is the general wish and desire of the regiment that the usual rule should in their case be strictly adhered to as soon as an opportunity occurs?


The distribution of troops within a command is a matter for the General Officer to settle. I believe that the usual practice is as stated in the question. In the case of the Wiltshire Regiment it has been departed from at the request of the Commanding Officer.