HC Deb 22 July 1898 vol 62 cc849-50
MR. PIRIE (Aberdeen, N.)

I beg to ask the Under Secretary of State for War a Question of which I have given private notice—namely, whether, with reference to Scottish garrison recruiting, consideration, has been given to the fact that only three battalions are now quartered in Scotland, though 10 Scottish territorial regiments are on the Army list; that the number of kilted battalions has been several times increased during the past year, although Scottish recruiting has fallen away; that in England there are 11 district commands, in Ireland five, and in Scotland only one; and that the annual military expenditure in Scotland can be estimated in thousands of pounds compared with tens of thousands in Ireland, and hundreds of thousand in England, and will the right honourable Gentleman take further steps to rectify such a situation?


I do not think I can reply to the long series of figures which the honourable Member has given, though, no doubt, they are substantially correct. There is only accommodation for three battalions in Scotland out of the 10 or 11 raised there. The question of mobilisation, as well as that of recruiting, has to be considered, and the subject of additional barracks for Scotland will be kept in view by the Secretary of State in connection with any future arrangement of the Army.