HC Deb 10 February 1904 vol 129 c1311
MR. CROOKS (Woolwich)

I beg to ask the Secretary of State for War whether, in view of the fact that the 82nd, Battery R.F.A., who have been in South Africa four years, are still under canvas, and that the War Office propose to send the families of the men to South Africa while there are no quarters in which to house them, he will consider the advisability of putting these men in barracks by bringing home some one of the other units who are on the list for service in India shortly.


Every effort is being made to find suitable accommodation for the families of the troops which will be retained in South Africa, and the General Officer Commanding reports that the families can be accommodated in Indian pattern tents, which are specially suited for this purpose. I am afraid that the suggestion of the hon. Member is impracticable, as there are no barracks at home available for the units alluded to. I may add that in the case of this battery only two families have elected to go out.