§ MR. DALZIEL
I beg to ask the Secretary of State for War whether his attention has been drawn to the fact that such high authorities as Sir Henry Littlejohn and Dr. Williamson have reported that Piershill Barracks are in a perfectly sanitary condition and whether, in view of the statements made on behalf of the War Office to a contrary effect, he has any objection to lay upon the Table the Report on which the conclusion of the War Office was arrived at.
§ MR. HALDANE
My attention has been drawn to the statement that Sir Henry Littlejohn and Dr. Williamson have reported that Piershill Barracks are in a perfect sanitary condition. As such reports would contradict the information I have received from the War Office experts, I have sent Lieutenant-Colonel Melville, R.A.M.C, and Mr. Tyndale, 1173 sanitary engineer, down to Piershill, and have made the request that Sir Henry Littlejohn and Dr. Williamson should meet them on the spot while they make a fresh inquiry. I will lay the Report of these exports on the Table of the House as soon as I get it, and I will also lay on the Table the Report of Sir Alfred Keogh, the Director-General of Army Medical Services, who, at my request, inspected these barracks last summer, and who has informed me that, in addition to his dissatisfaction with other features of the barracks, he found it difficult to express in moderate language his view of the conditions under which the number of officers required for a cavalry regiment were being accommodated.
§ MR. DALZIEL
Have any special instructions been given these experts to report on the sanitary condition of the barracks?