HC Deb 25 May 1903 vol 122 cc1631-2
MR. BLACK (Banffshire)

I beg to ask the Secretary of State for the Colonies what is the estimated cost of erecting buildings for the housing of troops in South Africa; and whether, in view of the fact that these buildings will form a permanent addition to the assets of the colonies where they are situated, he proposes that the colonies should pay the cost of erection; if not, upon what fund will the cost be placed, and does the cost appear in this year's estimate.


The expenditure on accommodation for the garrison in South Africa (mainly consisting of hutments) has up to 31st March last amounted to about £1,025,000, the necessary provision having been made in Army Estimates for the last three years. Such further expenditure as is required on accommodation of a permanent character will be provided in the Military Works Loan: the amount cannot at present be definitely stated. I am not in a position to make any statement at present as to the incidence of cost, as no decision has been arrived at as to the future garrison of South Africa.

MR. BUCHANAN (Perthshire, E.)

When will the Military Works (Loans) Bill be introduced?


A similar Question was put to the First Lord the other day and the right hon. Gentleman then said he was not in a position at present to make any statement.†