HC Deb 19 July 1898 vol 62 c293

I beg to ask the Under Secretary of State for War whether he is aware that the demand for the retention of a lawn tennis ground at Chatham belonging to the War Office has had the effect of materially increasing the expense of a road now being constructed for the new Naval barracks at Chatham; whether it would be difficult to find space for a lawn tennis ground elsewhere, and whether he is aware that the difficulties raised as to the retention of this lawn tennis ground will interfere with Naval requirements in the erection of the third block of buildings for Naval barracks; and whether the War Office is aware that the question was settled satisfactorily to both Services in the year 1895?


It is understood that the slight change in the boundary of the land given up to the Admiralty was fully concurred in at the time by the Naval authorities, and it was not supposed to involve any increase of cost. The question of a tennis court has not arisen. The point was the necessity of preserving a sufficient margin between a block of officers' quarters recently erected and the Naval barracks.