HC Deb 12 July 1905 vol 149 c385

To ask the Secretary of State for War if he will state the number of theatres open to the public within the walls of barracks in the United Kingdom; whether such theatres are controlled by the commanding officers; and, if so, under what regulations.

(Answered by Mr. Secretary Arnold-Forster.) There are several so-called "theatres" within barracks in the United Kingdom. In most cases the "theatre" is a stage erected in the recreation room. It is the custom in the larger establishments to hire professionals for the amusement of the men. The men may introduce their friends into a recreation room. On certain occasions and special performances it is believed the public are admitted. The "theatres" are controlled by commanding officers under the "Rules for Management of Garrison and Regimental Institutes."