HC Deb 29 April 1903 vol 121 cc787-8
SIR A. HAYTER (Walsall)

I beg to ask the Secretary of State for War whether he is aware that fifteen troopers of the 7th Hussars are now looking after eighty-four horses at Hampton Court Barracks; and that the sentries at the Palace are taken off, the whole of the men being employed on stable picket; and that at the headquarters of the 7th Hussars at Hounslow two squadrons consist of twenty-eight men who have 100 horses to look after; and whether this state of things can be temporarily remedied by the employment of fatigue parties of the Household Cavalry, whose numbers are largely in excess of their horses, in aid of the 7th Hussars.


The men and horses of the 2nd Provisional Regiment of Hussars, of which the reserve squadron of the 7th Hussars forms part, are distributed as follows—London detachment, 17 men, 13 horses; Hampton Court, 28 men, 84 horses; Headquarters, 233 men, 316 horses. It is not considered desirable to employ men of the Household Cavalry as suggested. The numbers of the detachment at Hampton Court will be increased.