HC Deb 01 April 1897 vol 48 c265
* MR. MUNRO FERGUSON (Leith Burghs)

I beg to ask the Under Secretary of State for War whether inquiry has been made as to the possibility of acquiring a sufficient area for a camp of exercise in Scotland at a reasonable price and at a convenient centre; or if, in the absence of such a report, instructions will now be sent to the General Officer commanding in Scotland to make such preliminary investigation as may be necessary to decide the question of whether this acquisition, if desired, could be made by Government?


The Secretary of State is fully alive to the desirability of a training camp for Scotland, but no information is before him to show that a suitable area could be procured in Lanarkshire or in any other convenient part of the country. Barry Links has recently been acquired at large cost for camping purposes. It has an area of 3,461 acres; and will, it is hoped, be used largely by the regular and auxiliary forces in Scotland. It is, however, to he observed that the troops in Scotland belong, for the must part, to the auxiliary forces; and the military authorities hold that they derive great advantage by being brought in detachments to train with the regulars in the southern camps.